Even happily married parents have different parenting styles and lifestyles so when there is a divorce or separation, parenting plans are vital in assisting parents with the exercising of their parental rights and responsibilities.
Parenting plans are drawn up in divorce cases where the children are under the age of 18 years or for parents who were never married, but experience difficulties with different parenting styles and opinions in the raising of their children.
In the past unmarried fathers battled to have contact with their children. The new Children’s Act gives them rights but enforcing it is still a problem. We have the experience and knowledge of the law to ensure that unmarried fathers’ rights are enforced.
Section 33 of the Children’s Act determines that when co-holders of parental responsibilities and rights experience difficulties in exercising their responsibilities and rights, they must first attempt to agree on a parenting plan that determines how each will exercise their respective responsibilities and rights, before they approach a court.
Neilsons Attorneys have helped many parents who struggle in this area, to get parenting plans in place that reduce the conflict and frustration. Often the conflict has been so bad that the parties are unable to communicate directly with one another.