Towards the end of a case pertaining to the custody and visitation of a child, the Court requires the creation of a parenting plan before a final ruling can be given and proceedings can come to an end. However, a provisional parenting plan may be drawn up at the beginning of divorce proceedings as a temporary order to ensure the child in question is adequately looked after throughout the duration of the case. It is rare for a parenting plan that was introduced as a temporary order to carry over to the final order, which means those satisfied with a temporary parenting plan should brace themselves for several alterations to be made nearing the completion of the case.
A parenting plan will detail all aspects of each party’s relationship with the child as agreed upon in court. Unlike parenting plans arranged during mediation, a parenting plan developed by the Court may not take into account the wishes of each parent. For this reason, it is essential that both parties secure competent legal representation if they hope to achieve a certain result through the court process.
If you are about to embark on a court battle related to the custody and visitation of your child, there are few practitioners of Georgia family law more suited to serve as your representation than The Law Firm of Caryn S. Fennell. We boast a roster of skilled and dedicated attorneys, all of whom have worked extensively on custody and visitation cases. Our attorneys will aid you in the development of both a temporary and final parenting plan detailing the following issues (among others):
Perhaps the most important portion of any parenting plan is that relating to the visitation rights of each parent. In most parenting plans, one parent will be acknowledged as primary physical custodian, which is the parent the child at the center of the case will spend the majority of their time with. The secondary physical custodian will be granted visitation rights, though the allowed hours and the conditions under which visitation is permissible will vary from case to case. Oftentimes, the difference between meager and copious visitation rights is a quality legal team, which is why so many parents have enlisted the help of Caryn S. Fennell over the years.
Sharing of information
If both parents are to remain involved in their child’s life following the completion of divorce proceedings, it is essential that they come to an agreement regarding the sharing of information involving their offspring. If a child suffers a medical emergency under the care of one parent, a parenting plan with an adequate sharing of information edict will obligate that parent to inform their former partner of the situation.
If a parenting plan is to fulfill its purpose, it should include a portion pertaining to the disciplining of the child. This doesn’t relate to how the child is disciplined on a day-to-day basis, but rather dictates how major behavioral issues will be tackled.
A final word
The process of developing a parenting plan will usually see a great deal of back and forth between the disputing parties, which is why it is so important to enlist a skilled attorney to take your concerns before the Court and ensure all issues are resolved before the final order is declared. Ultimately, your child should be at the center of all decisions you make during the preparation of your parenting plan, just as you will be at the center of all decisions made by The Law Firm of Caryn S. Fennell during our time representing you.