Many experts agree that shared custody (responsibility) is the best divorce outcome for Massachusetts families. In order for both parents to be as involved in their children's lives as possible, many turn to parenting plans. A well-drafted plan has the ability to put in writing the agreements made by both parties regarding the raising and care of a couple's children.
Parents going through a divorce in Massachusetts have numerous concerns regarding how their children will be affected by the divorce. Each parent may fear that the other parent will be a bad influence when it comes to the children, and want to limit the type of activities the parent can engage in when the parent is caring for the children. This is how the idea of a morality clause comes up in the context of a divorce.
A well-written parenting plan agreement within your divorce or paternity case will help you co-parent children more successfully after divorce. It is the most important document you will craft as parents and deserves your best effort. It can be 1 page long or 20 pages long, but it must detail how you plan to raise your child(ren) together.
Massachusetts family law attorneys need to draft parenting plans with the utmost care to make sure that uncertainty and ambiguity don't undermine the best intentions. A court-ordered parenting plan governs how parents will share the "care, custody and management of their child." What goes into a plan is often the result of extensive negotiations and mediation.