One of the most difficult aspects of any divorce is coming to agreement on a child custody arrangement. While you want your child to be happy, you also want to spend as much time as possible with them. Creating an agreement that works for your children, your ex-spouse and you can often be a challenge.
A parenting plan, also referred to as a custody and visitation agreement, details important aspects like time sharing and decision making. A properly created parenting plan can save you a lot of future disagreements, and make sure your child is in the most peaceful environment possible.
Once signed by the court, a parenting plan becomes an official court order, so it’s important to make sure it contains everything you want. The best plans include detailed info about the following two aspects:
- Physical custody: Your plan should include schedules for weekdays, weekends, holidays, birthdays and more. The more detail, the better, as it sets expectations for everyone.
- Legal custody: Who will make the decisions for your children? Will you, your ex-spouse, or both of you together make decisions on things such as education, healthcare, religion and more?
There are a number of different aspects to keep in mind, which is why it’s important to retain legal counsel throughout the process. Ms. Griffiths can help with your parenting plan from start to finish – call us today or reach out via our contact form online to get started!