Attorneys Helping You Pursue A Workable Parenting Plan

Many states require parents to come up with what is called a parenting plan before a divorce can be finalized. While Virginia doesn't require parents to have one of these documents, the benefits of a comprehensive parenting plan can save divorcing parents time and money and can help prevent later disputes. Parenting plans establish the visitation arrangements and time spent with each parent after separation or divorce.

These plans also focus on the best interests of the child and will cover critical issues, including the following:

  • Whether parents will share physical custody
  • How parents will share custody
  • Where the child will go to school
  • How holiday custody will work
  • How visitation will work
  • How visitation affects child support

As a parent, the divorce might be putting a tremendous amount of stress on you, your ex and your children. If you need help negotiating the terms of your parenting plans, we can help. DeFazio Bal understands family law cases are some of the most complex and contentious legal matters. Let our fierce and compassionate attorneys help.

Determining Custody And Visitation

Typically, a parenting plan will decide custody and visitation schedules. Custodial parents will be granted legal and physical custody of the child, while the noncustodial parent will not be given such rights. However, noncustodial parents still have visitation rights.

After custody has been determined, visitation must be planned. The schedule of visitation includes when the noncustodial parent can spend time with his or her child. This should also include holidays, weekends and summer vacations.

Contact Us About Drafting Your Parenting Plan

Parenting plans can be especially hard to create if both parents have a hard time being civil. However, with the help of a skilled attorney, it will be much easier to negotiate the schedule in a parenting plan. Likewise, since parenting plans are so flexible, you can also include provisions for parental behavior, child support and child-related expenses within the parenting plan to avoid conflicts later. Virginia courts prefer both parents to play an active role in the child's life, so judges will look favorably on a parenting plan that includes a fair visitation schedule allowing maximum contact with both parents.

DeFazio Bal can help you through this challenging time. With us, you can rest easy knowing that we are experienced in mediation techniques and take pride in the level of attention, dedication and consideration we provide to our clients.

To learn more about what we can do for you, call our offices in Glen Allen and Midlothian to schedule an initial consultation. We can be reached by calling at 804-419-6551 or by filling out our online contact form.