A good parenting plan develops from the joint efforts of the parents and focuses on the needs of the children. The parenting plan should be child focused, provide frequency of contact with both parents and offer consistency for the children. The Court will consider various factors which address the best interests of the children, including but not limited to, age of the children, age of the parties, past pattern of involvement with the children, and the ability of each parent to encourage the sharing of love and affection with the other parent.
The best parenting plans are developed by the parents, together. Jointly developed parenting plans are usually successful in the long run because they were created with the insight and input of both parties working together to draft a plan to make sure their children have the most stable and secure life possible. In the event the case is more contentious and parties cannot agree on a parenting plan, I work closely with my client to create a plan that is in the best interests of the children which we then will present to the Court.
Alternatively, we may decide to enlist the services of a third party, such as a Child and Family Investigator, or a Parental Responsibilities Evaluator. This type of expert is appointed by the Court and usually for paid by both parties. The expert prepares a report and files it with the Court to assist the Court in discovering facts and issues which may not be timely presented during a trial. The Court reviews the order to acquire insight to the parties, the children, and the case. The Court will then consider the opinion of the expert when deciding parenting time. Discussing these options with an attorney is important.
If you’d like to discuss your situation please contact the Law Office of Lynne A. Weitzel, P.C. to schedule your initial consultation. I can be reached by phone at 303-740-7422, or by filling out my consultation request form.