Whether you divorced the other parent or you were never married to begin with, you have probably heard numerous lectures about the importance of co-parenting. Typically, family law courts and child development experts say that mothers and fathers should share responsibilities and make decisions together. In most cases, such an approach is in the best interests of the children.
Any child custody action, whether it is a divorce or unmarried people who have a child in common, involves the determination of a parenting plan. A parent plan creates a residential schedule for the parents and the child. The parenting plan establishes who the child primarily lives with, and the other's parent visitation.
When you have a child with someone it doesn't matter if you're divorcing or breaking up...you're going to have to talk about who gets time with the child and when. This is what a parenting plan accomplishes; establishing each parent's schedule with the child. A parenting plan gives the parents, and more importantly, the child, stability and a routine for visitation.
I'm afraid this post isn't jam-packed with exciting or exotic Spring Break travel destinations. This post is on a more tame subject matter...about creating a spring break schedule in your parenting plan.
As discussed in part three of this four part series, using Christmas Day for the parenting plan's winter break exchange seems reasonable because the parents each have Christmas Day. But this may result in an uneven division of time.
When separating parties have children together a parenting plan designates custody of the children. In Washington, the custodial parent is known as the primary residential parent as he or she is the parent that the children primarily reside with. The parenting plan also designates when each parent has the child during school breaks or school vacations (winter, spring, summer). This post is part three of a four part post on creating a winter break schedule.
When a relationship ends and parties have a child together, a parenting plan or residential schedule should be prepared to designate the child's time with each parent. The parenting plan also addresses when each parent has the child during school breaks or vacations. This post focuses on the winter break or winter vacation.
If you are familiar with the term "parenting plan," you may have already met with a lawyer to discuss one. A parenting plan creates a residential or visitation schedule that the child has with each parent and includes sections for school breaks or vacations (winter, spring, summer), holidays and birthdays. This post focuses on the winter break.
When someone fails to make court ordered child support payments, does not pay spousal maintenance or alimony, or fails to follow a parenting plan that person can be found in contempt. Contempt is intentional disobedience of any lawful judgment, decree, order, or process of the court. A party can be held in contempt of court if he or she refuses to follow the requirements of a temporary or a final order.
Whenever someone is not following a court order, such as, a parenting plan, an order of child support, a divorce decree, or even a temporary order that person can be found in contempt. There are other types of contempt, but I am addressing the contempt that frequently arises in the family law arena. Contempt of court occurs when a person intentionally disobeys a court order.