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.
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.
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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 vacation.
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.
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