VISITATION AND CHILD CUSTODY
It’s important for parents to understand their rights in making decisions regarding education, medical, religious and extra circular activities.
PPhysical Custody refers to establishing a parenting plan that determines where children will spend their time. When this plan is adopted by the court, it becomes an order with which parents must comply.
CHILD CUSTODY EVALUATIONS
In cases of disputed custody and visitation issues, courts may order Child Custody Evaluations to assist them in determining the health, safety, welfare, and best interest of children.
Courts order an evaluation when parents have not been able to create a parenting plan theselves. Evaluations may also be ordered when there are concerns about a parent's ability to provide appropriate care for the child. Such conditions might include, but are not limited to, substance abuse, domestic violence, or other concerning behaviors.
The parents should establish a comprehensive plan setting forth physical and legal custody of their minor children. This plan should address the process of how exchanges of children will be made, the practice of religion, education and vacations, etcetera. When there is a history of “high conflict” specificity in parenting plans is imperative to reduce negative impact on children.
PARENTING PLAN MODIFICATIONS
Changes in circumstances often require changes in parenting plans. This may occur as the child ages or health issues, parent relocation, parent or child scheduling changes. and most importantly, if the safety of the child is at issue. Consult a Tahoe Family Law Attorney when revisions of parenting plans become necessary.