By: McKinley Irvin
So, now your divorce or other Seattle family law case has been finalized and the permanent parenting plan is in place. However, one party is having problems abiding by the plan. Maybe one party has refused to deliver the children for a special occasion, or maybe one party's work schedule makes meeting the literal schedule in the plan very difficult. Parenting plan disputes are some of the most stressful problems for a Seattle Family Law attorney because getting an order entered for your client is only half the battle. Unfortunately, getting parties to abide by orders is the other half. There are legal remedies available under Seattle family law for a parties' deliberate refusal to abide by a court order. However, legal recourse means going to court and increasing tension and fees. Also, disputes are different from bad behavior, and communication can help in most cases. Therefore, parties ought to try to find a way to resolve their disputes on their own and use the courts only when necessary. The first tip is to try to engage in mature, forward, direct, and reasonable communication with the other party and try to work out problems that way. However, because in some cases this is not always possible, here are a few things to keep in mind based on Seattle Family Law that might help. First, read your parenting plan carefully. Seattle family law parenting plans contain a "Priorities" section which lists in order of priority which section of the plan applies at a given time. By using some basic logic, this list can be the key to understanding which parent will have the children on a given day by listing possible exceptions to the every day schedule. By reading your Seattle family law parenting plan closely, you should be able to figure out with whom the children ought to be every day of the year. Second, carefully review the "Dispute Resolution" section of your Seattle Family Law parenting plan. All Washington State family law parenting plans mandate a process for solving disputes regarding the parenting plan before going to court. Some plans list only court action, but most name a mediator, arbitrator, or an agency as a contact for resolving disputes. If you have a dispute with the other party regarding some issue in your parenting plan, before you go to court, strongly consider setting the dispute resolution process in action. Third, consult with an experienced Seattle family law attorney to discuss your legal issues, and the strengths and weaknesses of a court remedy. The Washington State family law attorneys at McKinley Irvin are experienced in all areas of Seattle family law. Moreover, they understand that Seattle child custody and parenting plan disputes are highly personal and require an attention to special details. They want the outcome of your case to be in the best interest of the children, while avoiding the stress of protracted litigation if possible.
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