Parenting Plans and Child Custody

When a couple decides to separate or divorce, child custody and parenting time with their children are typically the most contentious, expensive and burdensome litigation in family court. These proceedings can be psychologically damaging to children and emotionally draining for parents. Parents can become resentful and bitter for real or perceived wrongs and lose sight how this affects their children.

When parents consider “custody,” they will need to decide how the day-to-day care and supervision of their children will be provided and by whom. This is commonly known as physical custody. They will also need to decide how major decisions that impact their children’s health, education and spiritual training will be made. This is legal custody . . . decision making. In the traditional court system, these important and potentially life changing decisions for you and your children rest with a judge; a stranger who knows very little about your family. Caring, loving parents know their children best and should be making these critical decisions together with a view about what is best for their children.

The Collaborative Process takes a different view and uses a different approach than the traditional court system. Collaborative Professionals prefer not to think of matters involving parents and children as “custody,” but rather shared access and co-parenting. Ultimately, parents truly want what is best for their children. Yet, some people have differing views about what is “best.”

If you and the other parent of your children decide to separate or divorce, our Collaborative Lawyers and neutral Child Specialists recognize that every family is different and has unique circumstances. Each family’s distinct situation needs to be considered in developing custody arrangements and parenting plans or schedules that reflect children’s needs. For instance a child’s extra-curricular activities, the distance between each parent’s home, a parent’s work and travel schedule, and where a child attends pre-school/daycare or school are all factors to consider when crafting a parenting agreement. Working together with your Collaborative Lawyer and neutral Child Specialist will enable you to reach an agreement that reflects your concerns and prioritizes your children’s needs and interests.

If you want to shield your children from the emotional trauma of the courtroom, are committed to making your children a priority, desire a cooperative partnership with the other parent in caring for your children, contact a member of Collaborative Law Professionals of Southeastern Pennsylvania. We can help!

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