Having a shared parenting plan is an essential part of every Texas child custody case. It is what defines all the terms of the custody agreement, including parenting time, each parent’s rights and responsibilities, child support and other important considerations. Developing a thorough and accurate plan can be quite complex, and having a qualified attorney involved from the start can be extremely beneficial.
Helping Families Develop Workable Parenting Plans
Child custody can be one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce to resolve. In the process of developing a shared parenting plan, the parents may not always see eye to eye on all issues. It is very important that parents work through their differences and reach agreement on all parenting issues whenever possible. If they can’t, the court will make the decision for them. I have been successful helping my clients avoid litigation by negotiating workable agreements that seek to accommodate everyone’s needs.
Among the items addressed in a shared parenting plan are:
•A schedule for overnights with each parent
•Holiday schedules, including spring and summer breaks
•Terms for how to handle unexpected schedule changes or parent unavailability
•Decision-making authority for day-to-day issues that arise
•Decision-making authority for issues such as education, religious upbringing and extracurricular activities
•Pick-up and drop-off arrangements between the parents
•Child support provisions, including day care, health insurance and school expenses