Tailoring Your Parenting Plan

Parenting plans are drafted in many shapes and sizes. Your plan will be unique and customized to your children's needs, your parental rights, your custody and visitation agreement and your children's best interests. Most judges in North Carolina prefer a 50-50 split of parenting time, but you must show that you have been co-parenting from the beginning of your divorce process if you want a fair share of responsibilities and time with your children.

At Epperson Law PLLC, we help you achieve your goals in line with your children's best interests. Our attorneys help you prove that you are able to provide a safe living environment, that you will adjust to the agreed upon parenting schedule and that your children's best interests drive your decisions.

If you want to be involved in your child's life, you must be a sincere and involved parent. We will help you tailor your plan, but it is ideal to be flexible to your child's needs when developing your plan.

What Will Be Included In Your Parenting Plan?

  • A schedule of parenting time: In many cases, one parent is awarded primary physical custody of children. The other parent is thus awarded parenting time, according to an agreed upon schedule. Your parenting plan will define the times and flexibility of this schedule depending on the specific needs of your family.
  • Legal custody arrangement: Legal custody is an arrangement defining each parent's rights to make decisions about a child's education, health care, religion and other activities. It is awarded similarly to physical custody, but it is usually a 50-50 joint agreement unless one spouse prefers reduced decision-making power or is deemed unfit to have as much say as the other spouse in his or her child's life.
  • Physical custody arrangement: This part of the plan defines primary physical custody (where children will live). It can be either with the mother, father or held jointly.

Many factors will affect your parenting plan and your custody agreement. Your relationships with your children and your spouse will change significantly during and following the divorce process. It is vital that you seek experienced legal counsel and representation to protect your parental rights and advocate for your children's best interests.

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Our lawyers each have 24 years of legal experience, including several years of experience as child advocates and U.S. Military JAG Corps officers. Serving clients in the areas of Union County, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Boone and throughout North Carolina, your goals become our goals as we work proactively for your best possible outcomes.

Please call our law firm toll free at 888-805-8163 or email us to schedule a meeting with one of our lawyers at our offices in Boone, Weddington or anywhere else in the areas we serve. Your case is important to us, and we look forward to speaking with you.