Child custody and Visitation are terms frequently associated with separation and divorce cases. Child custody cases can be contentious, especially in situations involving less-than friendly divorce or separation between parents. Either parent may be awarded custody, or it can be shared between them. A visitation schedule can also be arranged and usually, the court will approve the arrangement if the parents agree upon it prior to the hearing.
If the parents cannot come to an agreement on child custody and visitation, the judge will make a decision on their case. The court will always use the best interest of the child standard in consideration of custody cases, and will put the needs of the child ahead of those of his or her parents.
A parenting plan is a written agreement that addresses the custody and visitation of a couple’s children. The plan is meant to address the issues of time sharing and decision making for the children and enables there to be fewer conflicts between the parents because they know what to expect. The parenting plan is a legally enforceable court order once it has been signed by both parents and the judge. An effective plan focuses on the best interests of the child, rather than the needs of the parents.
If you are seeking to create or modify an existing parenting plan, please contact our firm for assistance in creating a significant legal agreement that sets the groundwork for the future parental roles of your children.