Parents have several things about the kids they have to decide when they divorce: child support, parenting rights and responsibilities ("legal custody" or "conservatorship"), and a shared parenting plan ("physical custody" or "possession, access, and visitation").
There are new terms to learn and laws that can be confusing. For example, Texas's "standard possession order" is the minimum time the State believes every child should spend with the "possessory conservator" who is the nonresident parent.
If this is overwhelming, remember you are not alone. At Detente, our mediators work with parents everyday who may or may not see eye to eye on how much child support is needed, what their parental rights should be (like who decides where the kids will primarily live and go to school), and how much time they spend in their home with Mom and their home with Dad. We can help you and your family too.
Benefits of Parenting Plan Mediation
- Agree to cooperate and have consistency between households
- Improve your communication as co-parents
- Try out schedules for children of different ages or development
- Discuss special needs for children
- Customize children's time with parents who travel, don't have regular schedules, or have an addiction
Parenting plan and child specialists in our resource network are also available.
Detente Tip: Information on this website about child support, parental rights and responsbilities, and shared parenting time applies to never married, separated, or divorced parents.