Most Parents Know What Parenting Arrangement is Best for Their Children
Most parents know what parenting arrangement is best for their children, even if initially, they struggle with decisions about how much time the children should spend in each parent’s care, how holidays should be shared, who can attend the children’s activities and school events and whether or not the children should have contact with one parent when they are in the other parent’s care.
The amendments to the Divorce Act, which are scheduled to come into force on July 1st, 2020, require a court to include in a parenting order any parenting plan submitted by the parties, unless the court is of the opinion that the proposed parenting plan is not in the child’s best interests. Courts retain the authority to modify a proposed parenting plan to ensure that it is in the child’s best interests.
The Creating a Parenting Plan for Your Children After Separation or Divorce workshop is designed to help individual parents identify the specific issues that should be incorporated into their parenting plan to meet their children’s needs, facilitate the family’s transition through separation and create a level of predictability and stability for everyone in the family. Every parenting plan is a little bit different. Some parenting plans have more detail than others.
It’s always a good idea to consult with a lawyer before you sign a parenting plan. Not only can parenting plans become binding once they are implemented, they can also impact child support arrangements.