The Benefits of Negotiating a Parenting Plan in MontanaMarybeth Sampsel
As a Kalispell divorce lawyer, I can tell you that for many divorcing Montana couples, negotiating a parenting plan is the most financially, emotionally and physically exhausting part of the process. Furthermore, a lengthy battle over a residential schedule can result in long-term consequences for the minor children involved.
Parents who are able to negotiate a parenting plan for their children without significant court involvement will often reap the benefits. First, by avoiding a trial or hearing on parenting, a parent will likely maintain more control over the future of their relationship with their children. Additionally, divorcing couples may find that they are able to have an amicable relationship moving forward when they have avoided the heated battle of a trial. And perhaps most obviously, a divorce client will likely save thousands of dollars in attorney fees and court costs.
The best way to prepare yourself for negotiating a Parenting Plan is to set aside the negative feelings you have towards your soon-to-be-ex-spouse and focus on what is in the best interest of your children. If you are unable to reach an agreement together, consider attending mediation.