Bridge Orders are typically shorter than full parenting plans done through district court but must address the following:
- Legal Custody: The authority and responsibility for making fundamental decisions regarding the child's welfare, including but not limited to choices regarding education, health, and spiritual or religious upbringing.
- Physical Custody: The authority and responsibility regarding the child's place of residence and the exertion of continuous parenting time for significant periods of time.
- Visitation/Parenting Time: A "regular schedule" and holiday schedule will be discussed. Telephone/virtual time may also be defined.
And often address:
- How to handle the transition between parents (pick up/drop off procedures).
- Decision making and other areas that need to be well defined for parents to work together well should be captured in the agreement to minimize future parental conflict, especially conflict that might happen in front of the children.