Determining a parenting plan in a child custody case is often one of the most challenging and heart-wrenching aspects of a divorce. While you can work to recover financial assets, the time you lose with your children can never be regained.
Children also undergo a lot of pressure and upheaval during a divorce. They may have to move, split time between parents, or adjust to a whole new life. Our priority is to ensure that any parenting plan meets their needs and is in their best interest.
Whenever possible, we recommend coming to a plan that both the parents and the court can agree on. If such a plan cannot be drafted, then the court will make a plan for you.
Joint Legal Custody
The court’s preference is for custody to be shared as equally as possible, as long as there are no extenuating circumstances that make this arrangement impractical or unsafe. In fact, the term “joint custody” is used less frequently than the phrase “shared custody.”
The goal of shared custody is for both parents to share the responsibilities (both time and financial) of raising their children equally. In this arrangement, the parent who earns more money will still provide financial assistance to the other parent. These payments are not considered child support because both parents are sharing financial responsibility.
In this arrangement, it’s not uncommon for one parent to still spend more time with the child than the other. However, instead of one parent being “part-time,” the parent that sees their child less frequently is still expected to be highly involved.