One option that divorced or separated parents have when it comes to the issues of child custody and visitation is to reach an agreement which sets the terms for these two issues. Such agreements are referred to as agreed parenting plans. Many divorced/separated couples find agreed parenting plans to be a good way to amicably reach child custody/visitation issue resolutions that are well-suited to the individual circumstances of their family.
Sometimes, the process of reaching an agreed parenting plan and getting the plan put in place goes without a hitch. Other times, hiccups arise.
For example, difficulties sometimes arise during negotiations aimed at developing an agreed parenting plan. For example, there may be some hot-button issues that a divorced/separated couple is struggling to reach a mutually-acceptable compromise on.
Hiccups can sometimes even arise after all the terms of an agreed parenting plan have been hammered out and agreed to by the parties. For example, a court may reject the plan.
Generally, under Texas law, when divorced/separated parents present an agreed parenting plan they have reached to a court, the court is to issue an order supporting the agreement. One situation though in which a court can refuse to issue such an order is when the court finds that the terms of the agreed parenting plan are not in the best interests of the child. When this occurs, the matter is generally resolved through either the parents presenting the court with a new agreed parenting plan which contains adjustments which make the plan consistent with the child’s best interests or the court putting a court-decided parenting plan in place.
Family law attorneys can help individuals who are attempting to reach an agreed parenting plan with trying to prevent hiccups from coming up in the process and with finding workable solutions if hiccups do arise.