- Family Law Overview
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- Divorce Modifications
When you hear about custody battles amidst a divorce, you don’t often hear about a parenting plan, yet it’s the most central component of an effective custody agreement.
The parenting plan covers not just legal custody considerations, but also physical custody, and a good parenting plan doesn’t just determine when each parent will have the children—it should go much deeper than that and create a framework for how you, your former spouse and your shared children will essentially live post-divorce.
That may sound like a huge undertaking, but once you work with your former spouse and your family lawyer to create a comprehensive parenting plan, it actually can make the process much easier, less combative and pave the way for a smoother post-divorce transition.
Once both parents and a judge sign off on a parenting plan, it goes from an informal agreement to something that’s court ordered, and in order to modify it you would have to work with your lawyer. This means it’s important to really consider the whole picture when creating the parenting plan initially.
Questions to Consider
Before you launch into the creation of a parenting plan, there are some important questions you should ask yourself, and truthfully answer:
Along with a basic agreement of when each parent will see the child or children, a good parenting plan should include a plethora of information, such as:
These are just a few of the very many things that should be addressed in an effective parenting plan. It seems overwhelming, but a Rhode Island family lawyer can help guide the process and ensure everything is properly covered so that there’s less likelihood of unhappiness either on the part of parents or children.
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