You can write up your own parenting plan (on your own or with the other parent) or you can work with an attorney or legal professional and have them create it. If you don't want to pay the high cost of an attorney, and want to easily make your own agreement, you can use the Custody X Change software.
Custody X Change is software that creates professional parenting plan documents and parenting schedules.to see how it can help you.
You can also use Custody X Change to:
A custody agreement or parenting plan should contain:
If you use Custody X Change to create your parenting plan, all you have to do is fill in the information and the software will create the proper documents.
The visitation schedule (in both written and calendar form) and all the other parts of the agreement will be detailed and easy to understand.
You can even print off reports, such as what percentage of time each parent will have the child.
No. The State of Alaska does not award custody based on the gender of the parents. Both parents are considered to be equally important in a child’s life.
The court has to look at the entire situation and consider only the best interests of the child when making a ruling.
Alaska Statute 25.20.070 mandates that the child will be given equal access to both parents during the custody process and until the case is decided, unless there is a good reason, such as domestic violence, as to why this should not happen.
The court prefers to award joint custody to good, loving parents that are willing and able to take care of their child.
What does the court consider when making a ruling?
The court considers the best interest of the child, defined by the following factors listed in Alaska Statute 25.20.090:
The court understands that a child's parents are the best people to make a parenting plan for their child. If you submit a mutually agreed upon custody agreement to the court, the court will review it and approve it as long as it is in the child's best interests.
If you are unable to agree, you may attend mediation to try to do so.
Even if you cannot reach an agreement, you should create your own plan so the judge or mediator will have something to consider, since the court will make the plan for you if can't agree.
Can I use Custody X Change once my case is over?
Yes. Custody X Change has many functions you will be able to use to help make your custody arrangement easier.
You can use the Custody X Change to print out a calendar for your child and your ex to make sure everyone is clear on the schedule. You can even use the software to sync the calendar to your iPhone, Blackberry, Outlook, and many other calendars and mobile devices.
The software allows you to keep track of the actual time the child spends with each of you as opposed to the scheduled time, and even has a journaling feature that lets you write notes about things that happen during visits.
The software has many features that can be used to prevent conflict, stay organized, and is also helpful if you need to make any changes to the plan. It may be used for years after your custody case is over.
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