North Dakota Custody

One of the most important decisions that anyone makes in family law, is what will happen with their children, and as a result, the custody of a child (known in North Dakota as residential responsibility) is the focus of many cases.

In North Dakota divorce or paternity actions, ND child custody attorneys (or family law attorneys) work closely with parents, mediators, judges and other professionals, to determine the best interests of the individual children involved, and always keep the best interests of those children the paramount focus.   

Understanding Parenting Plans in North Dakota

In North Dakota divorce or paternity actions, the best interests of the children are addressed in a document called a parenting plan. To address the best interests of the children, parents, mediators, attorneys, and the courts work together to craft an in-depth document called a parenting plan.

Parenting plans are designed to address a variety of issues, which include:

  • Where the children live
  • The amount of time each parent will have with the children
  • When and where exchanges will occur
  • How the parties will handle unforeseen events — such as special occasions, or the inability to care for a child for a short period

While no one parenting plan can account for every possibility, as ND child custody attorneys (family law attorneys) we try out best to provide solutions for many of the most common events that may occur and provide ways to address the unique events that aren’t anticipated. Your North Dakota child custody / family law attorney will play a key role in protecting your child’s interests — and yours.

North Dakota requires a parenting plan not only address where the children will physically be, but also how the parents will address various decisions that will occur over the children’s lives.  As part of any parenting plan, a North Dakota child custody attorney will ensure each parent’s rights and responsibilities are addressed, and included.  Some of these rights are found in our statutes, while others are common sense and are designed to encourage cooperation between the parties, even if they are living apart. 

Each parenting plan must also address the way to resolve conflicts that may arise as the children grow up.  There are many ways to address future conflicts, such as—mediation, arbitration, counseling, or the courtroom.  An experienced ND child custody attorney will be able to discuss these options and provide personalized advice to you, to help your parenting plan remain effective long after your divorce or paternity action.

Choose the Child Custody Attorney ND Parents Trust for Dedicated Representation

Determinations about what’s in your child’s best interest can be stressful. Custody and parenting plans often involve difficult decisions. It is important that you have a skilled and knowledgeable advocate by your side. When you choose to work with a Fargo child custody lawyer at Parvey, Larson, and McLean, you’ll have effective and compassionate legal representation in your corner. We are parents and stepparents first and attorneys second.

To learn more about how we help North Dakota clients and to schedule an initial consultation with the child custody lawyers ND residents trust, use the “Contact Us” button below today.