Parenting plans are required in every divorce case involving children, and non-married parents of minor children also should strongly consider creating a plan with the help of an attorney.
Why is an attorney necessary when many parenting plans contain similar provisions or schedules? Because the most effective plans are unique to each family’s circumstances. For example, the plan for a family with a history of domestic violence, abuse, or chemical dependency likely will include restrictions to protect the welfare of the children. Additionally, because there is no “standard” visitation schedule for parenting plans, attorneys will consider a family’s specific needs while creating an agreement for splitting care.
Finally, it is very difficult to modify a parenting plan once it is entered by the court. To ensure the most fair and favorable result possible, parents should consult with an attorney before any plan is entered.