North Dakota Custody
One of the most important decisions that anyone makes in family law, is what will happen with their children. They are the focus of many cases. In North Dakota divorce or paternity actions, parents, attorneys, and courts work with the children’s best interests in mind. Those best interests are of paramount concern. To reach that goal, parents, mediators, attorneys, and the courts, work together to craft an in-depth document known as a parenting plan. These parenting plans will address a variety of issues, including where the children live, the amount of time each parent will have with the children, when and where exchanges will occur, and 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 plan can account for every possibility, we try our best to provide solutions for many of the most common events that may occur.
North Dakota requires that a parenting plan address not only the aspects of where a child will physically be, but also how the parents must address the various decisions that occur over the child’s life. As part of any parenting plan, each parent’s rights and responsibilities will be included. Some of these rights are found in our statutes, while others are common sense and are designed to encourage cooperation between the parents, even if they are apart. Each parenting plan must also address the way to resolve conflicts that may arise when parents reasonably disagree. Mediation, arbitration, counseling, and even the courtroom, all serve as options to break a deadlock.
Residential responsibility and decision-making conflicts can be stressful. They often involve hard decisions. It is important that you have a skilled and knowledgeable advocate by your side. We are parents and step-parents first and attorneys second.