Child Custody is one of the most important issues that parents face. Courts recognize the importance of keeping both parents in a child’s life, whether the parents were married or not. One parent may be awarded complete decision making over the children, but this is uncommon. In cases where this does occur, there is usually abuse, and/or neglect involved and the safety and health of the children are at risk.
In Washington, the parenting plans are used by the court to determine how parents will co-parent their child(ren). Parenting plans address several issues in co-parenting chief among them are the following issues:
Who will be the primary residential parent;
Holiday, summer, and school schedules; and
Decision making such as
Non-emergency healthcare; and
The court understands and believes that it is best for both parents to be in the child’s life, and will determine the best course to accomplish this given every family’s unique dynamic. When determining a parenting plan the court relies on many factors, but most important of them all is the best interest of the child. The court will look at the child’s relationship with each parent, the parent’s ability to parent, the connection the child has with their siblings, location, etc.
Often cases involving custody of children can be profoundly consequential to not only the parents, but the children as well. Parenting plans lays out how often you see the child and other aspects of how present you are in the child’s life. Since this, often results in highly charged and emotional litigation, having a well-versed child custody attorney by your side is of utmost importance.