It is not uncommon for divorced Pennsylvania parents to have disagreements over which one is able to have a child stay when them during special occasions and holidays. Along with times like Christmas and Thanksgiving, disagreements may stem from who will get a child on their birthday.
If parents are unable to agree on matters of visitation, it may be necessary for the issue to be settled in court. However, people also have options that are available that do not require a judge to decide when children will stay with each parent. One of these ways is with a parenting plan.
Parenting plans can be as specific or as general as people like. Parents may outline specific dates when a child will be with a particular parent or they may just state the number of days or how many holidays each year the child will stay with each parent. In addition to creating a set plan for visitation, these plans can also be used to prevent a parent from going back on what they previously agreed to.
When a couple with children goes through a divorce, they will have to deal with a number of issues, and they may not all be completely resolved when the divorce is finalized. For example, child support and visitation agreements may need to be altered when someone's situation changes. In such a situation, it is important for parents to know how the law determines whether agreements can be altered and what makes them eligible for a modification. A lawyer can explain the process to a parent and then prepare and submit the motion to the court that has jurisdiction.