A unique approach on how to create a developmentally and age appropriate parenting plan that meets the needs of children at the time of divorce. Today most visitation and custody arrangements in divorce cases are static and unchanging. Creating Effective Parenting Plans: A Developmental Approach for Lawyers and Divorce Professionals will assist you and your clients in developing a parenting plan that effectively meets the needs of children at the time of divorce from birth through age 18.
The best interest of the child calls for a developmentally appropriate parenting plan, that is, a custody arrangement that reflects the child's physical and psychological development. Historically, this has not always been the case. Even now this concept often faces challenges in the courtroom, running counter to the traditional attorney-client relationship, which places the client's interests first. Written by two pediatric psychologists who are experts in custody and visitation issues, Creating Effective Parenting Plans is an effective resource to assist lawyers in advising clients in the development of parenting plans that change over time to adapt to the best interests of the child. It explores the development of schedules of alternate parenting time with the best interest and developmental needs of the child considered first and not lost in the cacophony of parental conflict and competing claims.
Because presenting a case for a developmentally appropriate parenting schedule will present challenges for a practitioner, this book helps lawyers to provide clear evidence to the court of the child's age, present and expected developmental stages, and personal characteristics. Topics covered include:
Creating Effective Parenting Plans
- A discussion of theories of attachment, temperament, language development, cognitive development, and emotional development
- An explanation of developmental issues at various stages from birth to age 2, age 2 to age 5, age 6 to 11, and age 11 to 18
- Other issues that can affect an effective parenting plan such as parental relocation, siblings at widely different developmental stages, mental illness, substance abuse, chronic health conditions, learning disabilities, and more
is an essential tool for anyone dealing with resolution of custody matters. It gives lawyers, judges, and parents a basis to individualize the question of what is in a child's best interest, offering a different perspective on how to see the child as unique based on developmental research. In addition to chapters examining the developmental stages of children, the book provides attorneys, parents, mediators, and courts with ideas, checklists, and examples to guide them through development of parenting plans that make sense. It includes an extensive bibliography and complete index plus a CD-ROM containing forms and materials to use with clients.