11 Search Results for "Decision Making"

March 12, 2017 at 7:43 pm

House Bill 2658: “The One Size Fits All, Children Can Go to Hell, Custody Law”

...y removes the great flexibility that family courts have had to give shared decision making in some areas, while giving one parent primary decision making on something like medical, or religious decisions. The party granted “sole legal custody” simply gets to make the decisions, and the hell with the other parent. In hundreds of mediations, I have seen examples where “best interests of the child” is trumped by what the parent wants for herself or h...

March 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm

FAQ

...good parenting plans include full access to the child’s records and shared decision making on all major non-emergency decisions. Even where decision making is co-equal it is not unusual for one parent to take the lead, but they should do so with full consultation with the other parent. Of course, issues of child abuse, substance about or anger problems can mitigate against the parties being co-equal in decision making, and even whether both have f...

November 18, 2017 at 8:19 pm

Mediation Food for Thought

...ing school time, overnight time, holidays, and summers, and the sharing of decision making and full access to your child/rens’ records of all kinds. BRING EVERYTHING WITH YOU TO MEDIATION! If there is a serious history of violence or health risk, you will be permitted to explain that on the mediation intake form. No one is expected to put health or safety at risk, but please consider the benefits of being the architect of your own agreed parenting...

October 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Divorce 101 Handout (October 5, 2011)

...: a. Parenting time, overnight, day time, holidays, and vacations time; b. Decision making; major non-emergency decisions, emergency decisions, and day to day decisions. Most fit parents have co-equal decision making; c. Access to records, medical, dental, school, and juvenile; d. Alternate dispute resolution, usually mediation; and, e. Many other things are in a Permanent Parenting Plan Agreement, such as relocation of a parent, child support, me...

January 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm

How Can I Get My Children’s Parenting Plan Modified?

...g concept, “fit parents” usually have equal access to records and co-equal decision making, on “the major non emergency decisions”. With each parenting having a veto over “major non emergency decisions”, you might think there would be constant stalemate. NOT TRUE. Things are have become much better. Now that the “non residential” parent can speak with the pediatrician, the coach, and the Sunday school teacher, and have a say in major decisions, th...

January 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Your Legal Checkup and Review; “An Ounce of Prevention”

...family to do their homework. Fault, parenting rights, custody, visitation, decision making, property division, debt allocation, alimony, and division of retirement benefits. These are all issues where you can get answers. 13. There are so many other aspects of your legal life. The neighbor who keeps damaging your driveway. The neighbor who seems to think he owns your side of the fence. The relatively minor auto accident that you have been meaning...

December 1, 2017 at 10:20 pm

Family Court Mediation Streamlined – Some Ideas

...ssues between your and the other party: (Examples are, Primary child care, decision making, division of your personal property, of your real estate, or retirement benefits, and of your debts, alimony (spousal support), or other: 1. ______________________________________________________________________________ 2. ______________________________________________________________________________ 3. _______________________________________________________...

November 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm

What Burt Has to Say to His (Divorce and Custody) Opponents

..., “time with the children” instead of “custody” and “visitation”, co-equal decision making, and co-equal access to children’s records. The apportionment of time is often determined by a look-back to what you and your spouse have done before the date of separation. If you worked 60 hours a week, and your spouse stayed at home and did not rely heavily on a third party care provider (baby sitter, day care, etc.), do not be surprised that you demand f...

July 21, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Lawyer Ratings

...outmoded in WV for ten years. Truth is, we can get parenting time, shared decision making on major matters, and shared access to all the child’s records, for every fit parent. Getting decent reviews means we have to do good work and ask our clients for feedback. This can be a humbling experience. Answers can be surprising. One lady was furious at me because her prior lawyer did not get an agreement to provide medical insurance for their daughter...

July 27, 2014 at 6:15 pm

My Areas of Legal and Geographical Practice

...child custody disputes, but what is really: Allocation of parenting time. Decision making; Addiction issues; Abuse issues; Access to records; Adoption; and Domestic violence. d. Equitable distribution of marital assets and debts, including retirement assets and real estate. e. Alimony and Spousal support; f. Modification of Court Orders. g. Relocation disputes, to other counties, states, and countries; and h. Contempt matters. 4. Mediation. I rep...