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What is the role, utility of a divorce parenting plan?

It’s kind of like the central software program or operating system that drives the New Jersey divorce computer for impending exes who have children.

We’re talking about divorce-linked parenting plans, which we spotlight in our blog post today at the Somerville family Law Office of Rajeh A. Saadeh.

Formal parenting agreements haven’t always been a mainstay fixture of American divorce. Such agreements have risen to prominence over recent decades, though, and are now indeed a central element in legions of decouplings across the country.

In fact, states commonly require divorcing parents with outstanding custody issues to mutually create a parenting plan, statutorily setting forth and detailing such a requirement. New Jersey courts frequently evaluate such plans.

What does a parenting agreement primarily focus on?

Parenting plans zero in on the details of a workable strategy relevant to all important custody/visitation issues. Those are often many and complex in any given case, and a plan works as a blueprint to guide rationality and optimal outcomes. A family law judge will closely examine a parenting agreement to see whether it establishes both parents’ rights in a fair manner and – most importantly – promotes the best interests of their children.

What will a parenting plan typically address?

Every family is unique, of course, and their parenting agreement will necessarily reflect that. Despite variances, though, a plan will customarily spotlight some common matters. Those include visitation details, data relevant to major decision making, holiday schedules and education matters, specifics concerning third-party interactions (e.g., contacts with grandparents and other relatives) and additional concerns.

The bottom line with a parenting plan is that such an agreement will weigh in on all key matters that broadly address co-parenting. That spells important subject matter, which can be addressed in the divorce context with a proven family law attorney.



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