Developing A Solid Co-Parenting Plan In A Divorce

When your divorce case involves minor children, difficult decisions must be made in regard to custody, parenting time and parental responsibilities. At Parker and LaDuke, our attorneys work hard to help you resolve co-parenting issues while keeping the best interests of the children in mind at all times.

We are here to help guide you through any issues involving child custody and visitation.

Steps To Take Toward Building A Co-Parenting Plan

Numerous studies have found that it is ideal for children to have both parents involved in their lives. Coming to a child custody and visitation agreement is a good first step to maintaining a parent-child relationship. However, other issues between the parents may still result in conflict.

A co-parenting plan can cover these issues, among others:

  • How extracurricular activities by the child will be paid for, and how they may impact the other parent's time
  • How information about grades, school performance, behavior challenges, etc., will be communicated between parents
  • How joint decisions will be reached, and how the parents will resolve problems related to their children as they come up
  • A statement of respect that establishes a baseline of civil behavior between the parents in the presence of the child

If a parent is refusing to abide by the terms of a custody arrangement or if a parent is actively interfering in the parent-child relationship, such as constantly bad-mouthing the other parent to the child, it may be necessary to seek legal representation. We can help enforce the terms of the custody agreement or intervene when a parent attempts to negatively influence a child's opinion of the other parent.

Co-Parenting Plans For Unmarried Couples

When married parents divorce, a parenting plan becomes part of the divorce agreement. However, there is no matter of course legal requirement in place when unmarried parents split up. It is important to note that even unmarried parents can establish a legal parenting plan.

Our lawyers can help guide you through this process and let you know what to expect when it comes to parental rights and custody of your children.

Contact Us For Help With Child Custody And Co-Parenting Issues

Our attorneys have extensive experience helping all couples resolve co-parenting issues. We serve individuals in Knoxville, Tennessee, and greater Knox County. To find out how we can help you, call 865-888-5707, or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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