Filing for divorce involves a wide range of challenges, but drafting a parenting agreement often tops the list. More than merely determining custody, the parenting agreement also includes all issues related to the visitation schedule, care and well-being of the child.
Ideally, these decisions can be made collaboratively through mediation or an honest discussion between the parties. These discussions can get contentious, but many believe that it is best for all involved if the parents draft their agreement rather than leave matters for a judge to decide. This way, parents can tailor it to the unique needs of the children while also accommodating their own scheduling needs.
The needs of each family are different, and they change as the children get older. Nevertheless, some key areas include:
Family law attorneys work on parenting plans all the time and often can provide solutions if there is an impasse. They also can help protect the parental and individual rights of the client if the other side is not working towards a fair agreement.