What is a parenting plan?

A parenting plan is a plan parents come up with outside of litigation to govern child custody issues. Read on for information about how to create an effective parenting plan.

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Parental alienation: What does it mean and how can it affect child custody?

While ordering child custody arrangements, a judge may favor a parent who is more likely to encourage frequent and ongoing contact with the other parent. Parental alienation varies in the degree of severity measured by the behavior and attitude of the parent and the minor children. The severity can amount to nothing more than referring to the other parent by a derogatory name, or it can be as devastating as an intentional campaign to destroy the children’s relationship with the other parent. In extreme cases, the alienation leads to a condition known as parental alienation syndrome (PAS), which can have a devastating long-term impact on minor children.

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What if the child’s best interest does not coincide with the parents’ personal desires?

When parents split up, a custody arrangement is generally worked out in one of two ways: the parents can agree on child custody without litigation either by simply working together or by getting help from a mediator or collaborative divorce coach; or the parents do not agree on custody and the issue is litigated. If the parents both agree on child custody, the court is usually going to sign off on their custody arrangement unless there is a very compelling reason not to do so.

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The Effect of Children Missing School and Other Parenting Issues on Child Custody Rights

Although judges will take circumstances as a whole and make custody decisions that are intended to be in the best interest of the children, the judge is unlikely to micromanage minor disagreements. Whether a child is missing school too frequently or is not finishing homework may not initially be enough for a modification of child custody rights, but a parent can always ask for an order from the judge ordering the irresponsible parent to take certain actions such as assure that the child goes to school.

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