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Monday, April 13, 2009

Washington Parenting Plans

Since 1990, Washington no longer has laws regarding custody and visitation. Instead we have Parenting Plans. Parenting Plans define both parents rights and responsibilities regarding minor children. There are 3 major issued addressed in Parenting Plans. First is Decision Making; who makes decisions regarding the children (mother, father or joint), on major decisions such as health, education and religious upbringing. Second is Dispute Resolution: if there is a dispute between the parents in implementing the Parenting Plan, how do you resolve those disputes (counseling, mediation, arbitration or court action). The third issue is the residential schedule: 365 days a year the child will reside with either the mother or father, and the Parenting Plan must specify when the child is with the mother and when the child is with the father. The idea of the Parenting Plan is to address as many issues up front, to avoid conflicts down the road.

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