Parent Plan Lawyer in Kennewick
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Why Work With a Parenting Plan Lawyer?
Regardless of how amicable your divorce might have ended, making parenting decisions with a former spouse can be challenging. Often, the most crucial part of a divorce are the decisions you have to make regarding custody and child care. As a result, many parents choose to use a parenting plan or a schedule that outlines each parent’s responsibilities.
Since parenting plans can sometimes become complicated, working with a parenting plan lawyer or child support lawyer at Skyview Law Kennewick can simplify the process. Your child deserves a plan and a family lawyer Kennewick that prioritizes their needs and allows both parents to be involved in their life. Working with a Kennewick lawyer can also protect your parental rights as well and help you and your former spouse comes to an agreement that satisfies both parties.
How Parenting Plans Work
Although parenting plans are designed to fit your child’s unique needs or circumstances, they generally cover the same areas:
- The amount of time that each parent spends with the child. For instance, one parent may have the child during the week while the other has them on the weekends.
- Restrictions in permanent or temporary parenting plans pursuant to RCW 26.09.191
- A holiday and summer vacation schedule where both parents will need to work out who the child spends holidays, vacations, and summer break with.
- A transportation schedule that includes who picks the child up from school or extra-curricular activities.
- How the children and parents communicate with each other.
- What happens if one parent gets relocated.
- Major decisions regarding where the child goes to school and gets their medical care
- The child’s primary residence
- A schedule of the child’s residential time
- How other major decision-making responsibilities are allocated between parents
At our law firm in Kennewick, our priority is to put your child’s best interests first and help you design a parenting plan that provides structure and stability for you and your former spouse to successfully co-parent.
Unfortunately, disputes and conflicts are not uncommon when it comes to designing a parenting plan. It’s also another reason why hiring a parenting plan lawyer or child custody lawyer may be beneficial. Here are a few common disputes that you may run into:
One of the most common issues that parents run into is finding a visitation schedule that satisfies every party involved. Many parents might feel as if they’re getting the short end of the stick—especially if the child spends more than fifty percent of their time with the other parent.
Every visitation schedule is different, and may be dependent on how far the parents are located from each other or other factors. Regardless of the circumstances, a visitation schedule is a crucial part of the parenting plan and all parties need to agree on it.
Child Support Amount
In Washington, all parenting plans require a child support order. Even if the parents agree on not wanting child support entered, the court will require one. Child support can be another common area where parents tend to clash. In some cases, there may be a disagreement about the amount of child support that a parent is receiving. For instance, a parent might be paying child support, but still feel as if they’re the one primarily supporting the child. While child support may be established with a divorce lawyer, an attorney can also help settle disputes that happen afterward too.
To deal with child support disputes, the parent receiving the money might be asked to show supporting evidence of the amount that they’re asking for. If the evidence doesn’t line up, the amount of child support might need to be adjusted.
Violations of Parenting Agreements
Although parenting plans in Kennewick are designed so that everyone involved agrees and is satisfied, one parent may still violate the parenting agreement. Common violations include not returning the child at the time they’re supposed to or refusing to let the parent see the child when they’re allowed to. Violations aren’t unusual, and they can still occur even if the parenting plan is court-ordered.
When a parent does violate their agreement, the consequences can end up being severe. In a court-ordered plan, they even risk being held in contempt of court. In addition to making both parents abide by the parenting plan, some of the penalties that the court can enforce include:
- Attending a parenting class
- Attending future court hearings to check-in about the status of the child
- Going to counseling with the other parent
- Letting one parent receive make-up time with the child
With serious violations, where one parent has tried to flee the state or even the country with the child, the court might decide to change the parenting plan, strip that parent of their custodial rights, or make them spend time in jail.
If a judge believes that one or both parents will continue to violate the parenting agreement, they might make adjustments to it.
How Skyview Law Can Help You
Skyview Law handles family law in Kennewick and offers expertise relevant to your family’s situation. Skyview Law helps clients prepare and understand paperwork, provides support in the courtroom, and navigate challenging legal scenarios. Having competent legal aid can also increase the chance of positive outcomes in your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sometimes the agreed upon parenting plan requires particular modifications in a child’s life. Modifications can include visitations, parenting schedules, and child support. Modifications can be agreed upon by each parent, or the court can rule on the dispute. Addressing particular changes or challenges while drafting the plan can save time and money.
A participant in legal matters such as child parentage, divorce, legal separation, parenting plan, or child custody modification can file in Washington State. You file the parenting plan like any court paper, such as a petition, motion, or response. The plan will then be served to the other parties. The exact process may differ depending on the court and county.
A judge can issue a temporary custody order for special situations, such as deployed military causing a move of substantial distance. That type of temporary custody orders end after 10 days, providing any required notice to the child’s temporary caretaker. Temporary parenting plans can be modified by emergency hearings or judge motions. Other temporary parenting plans may also be put into place for longer terms, up to trial in some matters.
About Skyview Law
Jarrod Hays is the founder of Skyview Law. He graduated from Northwestern School of Law in 2008 and opened his practice shortly after that. Since then, Mr. Hays has served the Badger community across a range of practice areas. He is a seasoned personal injury and real estate attorney, and he also has ample experience in family law.
Mr. Hays is a member of the American Institute of Legal Counsel, as well as several legal groups. He was rated as one of the 10 best attorneys under 40 for client satisfaction in Washington state.