Child Custody / Parenting Plan

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This is a highly emotional issue as it may be difficult to discuss where your child(ren) will spend their time. We will work with you to come up with a parenting plan that addresses your concerns while also taking into account what is in your child’s best interests as viewed by the Court.

Courts require a parenting plan in all cases involving minor children. A parenting plan will establish, among other things, where and when the child will live with each parent and the responsibilities of each parent.

In developing a responsible parenting plan, we will review with you the following factors which the Court will rely upon.

  • The ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship, to honor the timesharing schedule, and to be reasonable when changes are required.
  • The ability of each parent to determine, consider, and act upon the needs of the child as opposed to the needs or desires of the parent.
  • The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity.
  • The geographic viability of the parenting plan, with special attention paid to the needs of school-age children and the amount of time to be spent traveling to effectuate the parenting plan. This factor does not create a presumption for or against relocation of either parent with a child.
  • The moral fitness of the parents.
  • The mental and physical health of the parents.
  • The home, school, and community record of the child.
  • The reasonable preference of the child, if the court deems the child to be of sufficient intelligence, understanding, and experience to express a preference.
  • The involvement of each parent in the circumstances of the minor child, including, but not limited to, the child’s friends, teachers, medical care providers, daily activities, and favorite things.
  • The ability of each parent to provide a consistent routine for the child, such as discipline, and daily schedules for homework, meals, and bedtime.
  • The ability of each parent to communicate with and keep the other parent informed of issues and activities regarding the minor child, and the willingness of each parent to adopt a unified front on all major issues when dealing with the child.
  • Evidence of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, child abandonment, or child neglect.

We can help create a plan that is for you and your child’s best interests.

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