What to Include in a Parenting Proposal
In any family law case that involves minor children, both parties should submit their proposed parenting plan. This is your proposal to the court and the other party on what you want the parenting plan to be. Like any other pleading, this is a very important document and should be drafted carefully and submitted at the right time.
A parenting plan basically lays down the residential schedule of a child and includes any restrictions that may apply to the parenting/visitation rights of a parent. It describes which parent the child will live and when, where, and how will the child be exchanged between the parents, who have the decision-making authority, who is the custodial parent, etc. There is no one pattern or “right” parenting plan. Each family’s situation is different. A parenting plan depends on the facts and issues of a particular case and the best interests and needs of the child.
Include all the provisions that you may want in the parenting plan for your case. Think about the welfare, needs, and safety of your child. Also, think about any aspects of the other parent’s parenting or character that may have a negative impact on your child’s health and safety. Be mindful of these factors when drafting your proposed parenting plan.
In a recent case, a father moved to amend his proposed parenting plan while he was testifying at his trial. The mother did not object at the time and the court issued a final parenting plan accepting the father’s proposed amendments. The mother’s appeal was denied because she made no objection when the father was testifying and asking the trial court to enter a plan completely different from his proposed parenting plan filed earlier.
ZafiroLaw Can Help
At ZafiroLaw we understand that each case is different and we can help you create a proposed parenting plan that is best for you and your child. Reach out to schedule a consultation today!