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What Are Parenting Plans in New Jersey Custody Cases?

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When you are going through a custody battle, there are many things you must consider, from how the child will be cared for to when each parent will have physical custody. If getting divorced and you share a child, taking the time to familiarize yourself with parenting plans and connect with a Somerset County parenting time attorney is critical to achieving the best outcome. Going into your court case without the necessary background information means your spouse may take advantage of your lack of knowledge. If this reflects your circumstances, the following blog answers some of the most common questions regarding parenting plans, so you’ll want to keep reading.

How Are Parenting Plans Established?

In New Jersey, parents who are both awarded custody will need to work together to ensure their child is safe, healthy, and happy. However, when parents are bitter or hurt because of the divorce, this can complicate matters. As such, creating a parenting plan, also known as a custody arrangement, helps prioritize the child’s best interest and creates guidelines parents must follow.

Generally, the primary purpose of a parenting plan is to determine how much time each parent spends with a child. For example, each parent may have the child for a week before switching. Additionally, holidays, vacations, school breaks, and special one-time events will be taken into consideration during the creation of the plan. If possible, the parents will work together to determine a plan. If they cannot, the courts will create a custody arrangement.

Aside from determining what parent will have the child when, you’ll also create rules regarding where exchanges will happen, joint legal custody, the child’s extracurricular activities, how you will communicate, and child care. Generally, anything you can think of that should be considered is worth putting in the plan.

What Issues Can Arise During This Matter?

Unfortunately, issues may arise when determining the terms and conditions of a parenting plan or after it’s been established. Generally, one parent may disagree with all the terms, which can drag out the process. Additionally, once the plan is in place, they may not adhere to the legally binding terms and conditions of the arrangement.

When issues arise, you must take the necessary steps to protect yourself. Though it’s easier said than done, doing your best to stay calm is essential. Becoming angry or retaliating against an uncooperative spouse can only be used against you in the long run. Instead, you’ll want to connect with an attorney to help protect you and ensure your rights are met during these matters.

If your spouse is making it challenging to create or adhere to a parenting plan, or you’re about to file for divorce and want to prevent any legal issues from arising, the Siragusa Law Firm can help. We understand how important prioritizing your child’s best interest is, which is why we will work to determine the best solution for your family while protecting your rights. Connect with us today to learn how we can guide you through these matters.

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