Parenting Plan Lawyer Gig Harbor, WA
If you and your spouse are legally separating or divorcing and you share minor or otherwise dependent children, it’s time to speak with an experienced parenting plan lawyer Gig Harbor, WA residents trust. You may or may not be familiar with the concept of parenting plans. Essentially, these legally-binding documents outline not only the schedule by which parents will share custody and/or visitation (commonly referred to as “parenting time”) of their children, but also terms for how these children will be raised. What does this mean practically? How do you even begin to construct such a consequential document? Do all parenting plans look the same? You likely have many questions about the parenting plan construction process, but don’t worry. Our Gig Harbor, WA parenting plan lawyer team has worked with many, many different kinds of families, each with their own needs. We are happy to provide personalized guidance for YOUR family as you navigate the construction of your unique parenting plan.
Creating a Workable Parenting Plan
Parenting plans are unique to each family. Family law judges are bound by law to make child custody determinations based upon the “best interests of the child” standard. Your parenting plan will need to be created with this standard in mind. If you and your spouse disagree about specific terms, your disagreement will be decided according to this standard. As a result, it’s critical that you keep your child’s best interests in mind while building your parenting plan agreement.
In the wake of a romantic split, especially if it is not an amiable one, it can be tempting to construct terms that best accommodate where you are emotionally. You may be hesitant to agree to regular chats about your child’s wellbeing, for example, as you want to stay as far away from your ex as possible. However, regular communication about your child may be in his or her best interests. You may benefit from selecting a creative alternative mode of communication to make these chats more “workable” for you. For example, you may agree to communicate primarily through an online platform designed to help parents living in different places keep each other updated regarding schedules, school events, etc. This method may reduce your need to physically speak to your ex very often. Your parenting plan will need to be focused on your child’s best interests. However, we’ll want to make sure that your needs are taken into account too, so that the plan is workable in a sustainable way.
Legal Assistance Is Available
If you are thinking about legally separating from your spouse or you’ve decided to divorce, please schedule a consultation with the experienced Washington legal team at Robinson & Hadeed today so that we can help you to construct a workable parenting plan centered on your child’s best interests. The thought of not having your child with you at all times can be a completely overwhelming reality. Thankfully, you don’t have to navigate it alone. We can help you to make the kind of parenting plan that minimizes stress for you and your child during an inherently stressful time. Please schedule a confidential, risk-free consultation with our Gig Harbor, WA parenting plan lawyer team today; we look forward to speaking with you.