Parenting Plans in a Carlsbad or North County Divorce

Pierre Domercq Child Custody and Visitation

We are often asked about parenting plans in a Carlsbad or North County divorce. What is a parenting plan, and what is the difference between child custody and parenting time?
A parenting plan is an agreement between the spouses which establishes all aspects relating to spending time with your children after a divorce as well as the decisions that will impact their life. “Parenting Time” is exactly what it sounds like. How much time will the child(ren) spend with each parent and on what schedule? Generally speaking, in the absence of addiction or criminal behavior our North County divorce Courts believe it is in the best interest of a child to spend equal “quality” time with each parent.
The experienced attorneys at Burke & Domercq understand our client’s goals and objectives and work to negotiate a parenting time schedule that accomplishes these goals while maintaining the best interest of the child(ren). We provide insight to our clients as they work to develop a parenting plan which reflects the natural rhythms of the family. Our extensive trial experience and mediation work informs this insight, and our clients value the ability to skillfully and efficiently negotiate a resolution to these issues.
Custody is a separate issue from parenting time. There are two types of child custody: legal and physical. Physical custody can be “joint” or “sole” and relates to the right to physically house and care for the child. Legal custody can also be joint or sole and relates to the authority to make decisions regarding important issues in the child’s life including but not limited to:
Education
Health care and well being
Extra-Curricular activities
Religious observance
The parenting plan will incorporate all aspects of legal and physical custody including parenting time schedules. We invite you to contact us or call 760-712-3741 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys. The time you spend with your children during and after your divorce is one of the issues that concerns all parents as they begin the process of concluding a marriage.