While a parenting plan is important for anyone parenting separately, it becomes even more crucial in a move away case. The parenting plan should act as a clearly defined set of rules and expectations for both parents in regard to their child and the child’s best interest should be at the center of every aspect. A parenting plan should include things like where the child will spend holidays and birthdays, childcare and schooling plans, financial responsibilities as to what parent pays for what, and other related elements surrounding the care of the child. In a move away parenting plan, there will be additional information unique to the situation, such as plans for the type of transportation the child will use between parents, who will pay for the travel expenses, how will the non-custodial parent handle medical emergencies for the child, and any other specifics unique to the family situation.

Can Parents Come to an Agreement?

In most cases, it is to everyone’s best advantage to come to an agreement in mediation rather than going to court. If parents can agree on the specifics of the parenting plan during this stage, it speeds up the process while creating a foundation to move forward as co-parents. It may also save the parents and child from the extra stress of a drawn-out court battle. Not all parents will be able to work things out in mediation, especially if tensions run high or the situation is complex. Once a judge becomes involved in the custody arrangement and parenting plan, it is up to the court to order the right solution. The courts may suggest changes to the parenting plan in an attempt to protect the well-being of the child.

How Does Travel Work in a Move Away Agreement?

There are two ways travel works in a move away custody agreement – either the child travels to the parent or the parent travels to the state the child lives in. It is important to consider which option will work better for your family based on factors such as cost, the child’s age, distance, and the frequency of the trips. Some children are too young to fly alone and would require a parent to travel with them, which may not be logistically or financially possible. While some airlines will offer unaccompanied minor services, there is often an additional fee and age restrictions on this service. It is crucial to consider all elements of travel arrangements when working out the parenting plan in a move away non-custodial arrangement.

How Child Custody Attorneys May Help

Some parents attempting to work out a parenting plan for a non-custodial move-away agreement may try to avoid legal counsel out of fear of the issue going to court. However, a child custody lawyer may be able to answer questions and act as a mediator during the negotiations, which could save time while helping you avoid going before a judge. Whether you seek legal counsel or not, making a parenting plan is essential to ensuring a clear framework for co-parenting in a move-away situation. Contact our law firm today at (310) 271-7675 for more information on how we can help.