At David Binkley Law, we will work with you to understand the needs of your family and to find child custody solutions that are in the best interests of your children and agreeable to both parents. We believe that whenever possible, parents should resolve custody issues outside of court through negotiation or mediation.
Children benefit when parents are able to cooperate and keep their conflicts away from the children. It is important to separate disputes over financial issues from parenting issues as much as possible. Children are entitled to the best possible relationship with both parents.
David favors an interdisciplinary approach and often recommends that parents work with a neutral mediator or co-parenting counselor in the Southeast Michigan Area who is a mental health professional with specialized knowledge and experience in child development and the needs of divorced or separated families.
A parenting plan is a written statement of the arrangements that the parents will follow in raising their children. A parenting plan should be drafted to consider the circumstances of both parents and the ages and developmental needs of the children. It includes a schedule that identifies the specific days and times the children are in the care of each parent. It includes details of how the children will spend holidays, vacations, and other special days.
The parenting plan should also specify how the parents will share responsibility for important decisions and how they will communicate with one another. It is generally helpful to put a parenting plan in place as soon as possible after separation.
We can help you develop a parenting plan that meets your family’s needs, provides stability, and addresses potential areas of confusion or conflict. A parenting plan may need to change over time as children get older and circumstances change. We will help you when modifications are needed.
If you have questions about coparenting and blended families, contact a the Law Offices of David Binkley at (248) 809-6394 to set up an appointment.