Mesa Divorce Attorney Explains Issues with Visitation and Parenting Plan
It is not uncommon for divorcing couples to be emotional when having to deal with issues related to their children. Most Arizona parents wish to maintain a loving relationship with their children and may find it difficult to reach a mutual agreement on matters such as visitation and parenting time. In most marriages, an unwritten parenting plan exists, and the challenge now will be to adapt that plan to cover two separate households.
The aim of a parenting plan is to accommodate the need and wishes of all concerned, and the best way to do that is through communication and compromise. In some instances, the assistance of a mediator may be required. The plan will specify the days the children will spend in the custody of each parent, including details about holidays and weekends. Ground rules will be established about the times that exchanges will take place and transportation responsibilities of each parent.
Legalities such as decision-making will have to be addressed. Each parent’s decision-making rights have to be specified, including instances when parents cannot agree or when critical decisions have to be made when one or both parents are not immediately available. This section of the parenting plan should also address health care — who will provide and pay for insurance and who will make decisions about health care. Another issue that should not be forgotten is that of education. The plan must define details about which schools the children will attend and what access each parent will have to school records.
While Arizona parents may feel intimidated by the responsibility of drafting such a visitation and parenting plan, they may find comfort in knowing that they will not have to do this on their own. It may be beneficial to visit our family law website to obtain information about the help that is available. The objective input of a third-party may be invaluable and may lead to a less traumatic transition into the new family dynamics of separate households for parents and children.
Contact Our Mesa Divorce Attorney
Many questions may arise regarding visitation and parenting plan. Contact our Mesa divorce attorney immediately. Call the Law Offices of Janice M. Palmer, P.C. at (480) 820-4771 or toll-free at (888) 352-7725 for a consultation.