Seattle Child Custody Attorney
Washington family courts do not use the term “custody” or “visitation,” opting instead to use the term “parenting plan” when referring to decisions about where a child will live and sleep, and how he or she will divide his or her time between parents. Parenting plans also stipulate how decisions about education, health care, religion and other important matters will be made.
Parents who end a marriage or nonmarital relationship are required to complete a parenting plan. When parents end a relationship, whether they are married or not, protecting the bond with their children often becomes a primary concern. I am Kenneth F. Bromet, and I advocate on behalf of my clients in parenting issues and all other family law matters.
Often, a temporary parenting plan is agreed to by the parents while the case is pending. It is only in effect until a permanent parenting plan is approved by the court.
Washington law requires courts to consider the “best interest of the child” when approving a parenting plan or when ruling on a case in court. The court process requires creating a plan that lays out where children will spend birthdays, weekdays, holidays, vacations and weekends.
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The court considers a number of factors when deciding where children will live. These include:
- Each parent’s involvement with children before the relationship ended
- The quality of each child’s relationship with both parents as well as siblings
- The wishes of the children if they are deemed old enough and mature enough to express an opinion
- Each child’s level of involvement in school and community activities, and the impact of relocating a child in relation to this involvement
I am committed to helping my clients maintain strong relationships with their children. I will help you design and negotiate a parenting plan that is fair and ensures your continued presence in your child’s life.
You can learn a lot more about parenting plans and how to put one together during a free, no-obligation consultation. Contact me to schedule an appointment. Our office is conveniently located in the Eastlake neighborhood with ample free parking. I work with clients throughout Seattle, all of King County and beyond.