Creating the ideal parenting plan for child custody purposes

Divorce comes with many issues, and child custody is often a contentious one. For the most part, both parents want to continue to play a huge role in the lives of their children. However, this can be difficult when parents have busy work schedules. How can they continue to work to support themselves and still be able to spend quality time with their children? A parenting plan can help.

The best interests of the child must be taken into consideration. The ideal parenting plan will benefit both the parents and children. Both parents in Connecticut have the legal right to spend time with their children (as opposed to merely “visiting” with them) and therefore the plan will allow the noncustodial parent to see his or her children as his or her work schedule allows. Because many parents work weekends, long hours or go out of town frequently, the parenting plan should keep these situations in mind by offering flexibility.

Ideally, the parents will collaborate and, through negotiation, reach a fair and equitable child custody agreement. However, due to communication issues and the inability to compromise, this may not always be possible. If this is the case, litigation may be necessary.

A job change or relocation may require that the original parenting plan be modified. Should this need arise, an experienced family law attorney can help the parents with this task and ensure fairness for all involved. Although these types of situations can be very emotionally charged and stressful, our firm will work diligently to achieve an optimal outcome. Visit our website to explore more about negotiating with your ex-spouse to create a fair parenting plan so that you can avoid child custody disagreements down the line.