When divorcing, separated, or single parents cannot agree on
child custody matters, they must submit to the court's ruling on custody, visitation,
and other crucial factors to their child's upbringing. However, most
couples have the opportunity to collaborate on these issues and submit
their preferred terms to the court. This is done with a parenting plan.
Parenting plans are detailed agreements between two parents that outline
just how custody and parental responsibilities will be shared now that
they are no longer living in the same residence. When possible, these
collaborations allow parents to retain control over their roles in their
child's life and find common ground on protecting the future of their family.
Issues that can be addressed in a parenting plan include:
- The kind of custody (legal and physical)
- Parenting time schedules
- Exchanges of the child between parents
- Holiday scheduling
- Discipline guidelines
- Communication guidelines (phone calls, email, etc.)
- Any special needs of the child
- Child support information
- Any other shared parenting priorities
Careful Negotiation Needed
To be seen as legitimate by the court, parenting plans need to be carefully
and comprehensively crafted. It is necessary for both parents to have
legal representation during the negotiation process. Not only can a knowledgeable
Birmingham family law attorney ensure that parenting plan has been properly
completed, but can ensure that the negotiation is amicably conducted and
that the needs of the child remain a priority.
Is collaborating on a parenting plan possible for you and your co-parent?
If so, we invite you to contact us at
Beckum Kittle LLP. Our firm prides itself on attentive and compassionate counsel that is
prepared to fight for our clients' best interests. We can ensure that
your concerns are reflected in your parenting agreement and that you and
your co-parents' preferences stand every chance of approval from the court.
Want to learn more? Contact us today to schedule a