There are misconceptions about divorced fathers not being a significant part of their children's lives after the separation. The truth is that many divorced fathers in Pennsylvania and the rest of nation desire to be actively involved in their children's lives post-divorce. However, it is necessary that they know what to do to obtain the child custody, co-parenting and visitation terms that can help ensure a strong level of involvement.
Preparation is important when it comes to submitting custody and visitation proposals to the court. Fathers should be aware of what to ask for during a divorce in regards to their child and be able to convey these needs properly. The plans that they propose for custody and visitation should be created with the needs of the children in mind. It may take time to find the options that can both satisfy what the children require and work with the schedules of both parents.
The best time to create an effective parenting plan is while the divorce is still in progress. Once the divorce has been finalized, both parties will be bound to the terms that have been agreed upon in the settlement agreement. Having an inadequate parenting plan can mean that all parties will be stuck in a co-parenting situation that is stressful. Any changes that can be made to the parenting plan will have to be done through the court system, which will take time and money.
A family law attorney may help divorcing parents resolve child custody issues. Clients could be given objective advice about obtaining desired outcomes. Litigation may be used to address disputes regarding physical custody, visitation rights, parental relocation or modifications to existing child custody orders.