Creating a Parenting Plan that Works

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 Humble Law LLC, formerly 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 free consultation.

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