Hingham Parenting Plan Attorneys

Helping Families Establish Effective Parenting Plans in Massachusetts

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Despite the importance of co-parenting, establishing an effective parenting plan is challenging even under the best of circumstances. 

When parents are at odds and children are caught in the middle of their dispute, the process is even more difficult. Drafting a parenting plan involves skill, negotiation, and patience. That's where our firm can help.

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What Is a Parenting Plan?

A parenting plan is a written schedule or calendar that outlines the time children spend with each of their parents following a divorce or other custody proceeding. At Kellem✶Mahoney Family Law & Mediation Group, P.C., our family lawyers in Hingham and Newton draft creative parenting plans every day. We understand how important your children are and recognize the value of the time that they spend in your care.

What Should Be Included in a Parenting Plan?

A Comprehensive Parenting Plan Will Address the Following Scheduling Specifics:

  • Time spent with each parent during the week/weekend
  • Pick up and drop off locations and time
  • Holiday time spent with each parent
  • Birthday celebrations of the children and each parent
  • Attendance at sports events or other activities
  • Child support & financial information

A well-defined parenting plan is not only important for parents, but also for their children. Having a detailed parenting plan allows for continuity and consistency. This is very important for children, especially following divorce or when parents live apart.

Key Components of a Parenting Plan

Custody Arrangements:

  • Physical Custody: Specifies where the children will live and the schedule for when they will spend time with each parent.
  • Legal Custody: Determines which parent will have the authority to make major decisions regarding the children’s upbringing, including education, healthcare, and religious practices.

Visitation Schedule:

  • Details the regular visitation schedule, including weekdays, weekends, holidays, and school vacations.
  • Addresses transportation arrangements and the exchange of the children between parents.

Decision-Making Responsibilities:

  • Outlines how parents will make decisions about the children’s education, health care, extracurricular activities, and other important matters.
  • Includes provisions for resolving disagreements.

Communication Protocols:

  • Establishes guidelines for how parents will communicate with each other and with the children.
  • Specifies methods for sharing important information about the children’s well-being.

Financial Responsibilities:

  • Addresses child support obligations and how additional expenses, such as medical costs, extracurricular activities, and educational expenses, will be divided.

Parental Conduct and Boundaries:

  • Sets expectations for parental behavior and interactions to ensure a respectful and cooperative co-parenting relationship.

How Kellem Mahoney Family Law & Mediation Group, P.C. Can Help

Personalized Approach

Every family is unique, and our attorneys take the time to understand your specific situation and goals. We work closely with you to develop a parenting plan tailored to your family’s needs, ensuring that it is practical, fair, and in the best interests of your children.

Mediation and Negotiation

Our attorneys are skilled in mediation and negotiation, helping parents reach amicable agreements without the need for contentious court battles. We facilitate open and constructive communication, enabling both parties to express their concerns and preferences.

Legal Expertise

With extensive experience in family law, our attorneys ensure that your parenting plan complies with Massachusetts laws and court requirements. We provide clear guidance on your legal rights and responsibilities, helping you make informed decisions.

Litigation Support

If negotiations fail and litigation becomes necessary, our attorneys are prepared to represent you in court. We advocate vigorously for your rights and the best interests of your children, presenting a strong case to achieve a favorable outcome.

Get Started by Discussing Your Case with a Hingham Parenting Plan Lawyer Now

Although seamless co-parenting is not often attainable, an artfully drafted parenting plan will go a long way in avoiding conflict in the future. If you are in the process of divorce or separation and need assistance creating a parenting plan, contact Kellem Mahoney Family Law & Mediation Group, P.C. Our compassionate and experienced Hingham parenting plans attorneys are here to support you every step of the way.

To learn more, contact our Newton & Hingham parenting plan attorneys online or by calling our firm at today.

Massachusetts Parenting Plan

Do we need a parenting plan if we agree on everything?

Even if parents agree on most aspects of child-rearing, having a written parenting plan is beneficial. It provides clarity and reduces the potential for future misunderstandings or conflicts. It also ensures that both parents have a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities.

Can a parenting plan be modified?

Yes, a parenting plan can be modified if there is a significant change in circumstances that affects the children’s best interests. Both parents can agree to modifications, or one parent can request a court to make changes if an agreement cannot be reached.

What if we cannot agree on a parenting plan?

If parents cannot agree on a parenting plan, mediation or negotiation with the help of an experienced attorney can often resolve disputes. If these methods fail, the court will make a decision based on the best interests of the children.

How is the best interest of the child determined?

The best interest of the child is determined by considering various factors, including the child’s age, health, emotional ties to each parent, the parents’ ability to provide for the child’s needs, and the child’s preference, depending on age and maturity.

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