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Wisconsin Parenting Plans 101

Waukesha parenting plan lawyerA document that outlines all parental duties is known as a parenting plan. When a couple with children decides to file for divorce, it is each parent’s responsibility to file a proposed parenting plan asking the court to make decisions about the legal custody and physical placement of their children. In the event that both parents completely agree on these issues, one plan may be filed, but in many cases, each parent will file their own proposed plan. Below is some more information on how parenting plans work in Wisconsin:

Who Decides On a Parenting Plan?

In the ideal situation, both parents are involved in a child’s life. However, if your divorce is the result of abuse, domestic violence, or another dangerous issue, you may prefer to handle all parental duties on your own, and you may ask the court to grant you sole custody of your children. If you do wish to share these duties, you will need to work with your ex-spouse to create a parenting plan that you both agree on.

Even though you and your child’s other parent are highly encouraged to come up with an agreed plan, any proposed parenting plan will need to be approved by the court. If your plan protects your child’s best interests, it will likely be approved by a judge. In the event that you and your child’s other parent do not create a plan or cannot agree on certain issues, the court may make decisions on your behalf.

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Tips for Long Distance Parenting Plans Following Divorce

Delafield divorce attorney parenting planAfter parents decide to separate or get divorced, it is most convenient if they live within driving distance of one another. While it is not easy for a child to adjust to a new lifestyle when one parent moves out, things become even more difficult for them if their mom or dad moves to another state or a city that is several hours away. If you are going through a divorce or legal separation and are unsure of how to successfully co-parent because one parent lives far away, here are some helpful tips for long distance parenting plans: 

Design a Schedule 

It is essential to create a schedule of visitation times and stick to it. By keeping visitation schedules consistent, your child will be able to gain trust and feel loved by both parents. Even if the parent who lives out of town may not be able to attend every sporting event or milestone in a child’s life, they should be aware of these activities and frequently communicate with children about important events, as well as their day to day life. 

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Posted on in Divorce/Family Law

WI family lawyerFor your children, the summer season means no school and plenty of time for fun and relaxation. Whether they spend their days at the local pool, summer camp, or on vacation, they will have a great time.

If you are divorced with children, you may be worried about disagreeing with your ex-spouse this summer and unsure of how to make this summer run as smoothly as possible. Consider adhering to the following summer co-parenting tips to help you out.

1. Communicate Early and Often

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Wisconsin family law attorneyEvery Wisconsin parenting plan should be individualized. After all, every family is unique. However, there are some situations that may warrant a highly specialized plan – one that attempts to meet the needs, wants, and desires of all parties while still mitigating against potential challenges and concerns. Learn more about some of the more unique strategies that parents are using in their divorces these days, and discover how an experienced family law attorney can help you with effectively using one of them in your Wisconsin parenting plan.

Long-Distance Parenting Plans

In an ideal world, all parents would live near their children. Unfortunately, the world is anything but ideal. Parents move away to pursue a better job, start a new career path, seek more family support, and pursue new relationships. When they do, the child can feel that parent’s absence. A long-distance parenting plan, complete with arrangements for in-person visits and video chats, can help mitigate against those feelings, and it can keep both parents active in the child’s life. Keep in mind, however, that such plans are complex and should be done with the assistance of an attorney – especially if the long-distance parent is in the armed forces.

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