Building on a court's custody decision or a general agreement between the parents, a parenting plan details the who, what, where and how of parenting. This is both a handbook and a legally binding document that governs day-to-day life after divorce and protects each parent's rights.
At the law firm of O'Brian & Associates, we understand the vital role of a good parenting plan in creating a conducive environment and limiting conflicts. Our experienced family law attorneys strive to ensure that these documents are clear, comprehensive, flexible and enforceable.
We invite you to contact us today to arrange a free confidential consultation about your case. We serve clients on the Eastside and throughout the Seattle area.
A parenting plan is a formal document that must be approved by the court. We work closely with our clients to flesh out the specifics on favorable but practical terms, with the best interests of the child as the guiding principle.
Parenting agreements must cover a lot of ground, including:
Washington law requires parents to go through a dispute resolution process before they can petition the court for modification of court orders or scheduled "visitation," although there are exceptions to that general rule. The parenting plan may designate a family counselor, mediator or arbitrator to deal with conflicts that arise.
The family courts are favorable to the parent who is most likely to be cooperative and amicable in dealing with his or her ex. In custody determination and development of parenting plans, our lawyers encourage clients to be civil and accommodating while standing their ground on their bottom-line principles and priorities.
To arrange a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys, call us at (425) 276-7677 or email our firm today.