29 September 2015

Great New Parenting Plan Resource from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a group that promotes excellence in the practice of family law, has just published a wonderful new resource on drafting parenting plans.

Child Centered Residential Guidelines is a booklet written by noted psychologist Robin Deutsch, past president of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and Director of the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at William James College, formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Child Centred Residential Guidelines is written in accessible language, offers useful tips and considerations for parenting after separation, and provides:
  • model parenting plans for children of different ages;
  • tips for planning for holidays and vacations; and,
  • guidance on developing parenting plans when a child is being breastfed, a child has special needs, domestic violence or substance abuse is an issue, or a parent is in jail.
The free resource includes sample calendars mapping out the parenting plans it covers.

In its press release, the AAML says that the booklet encourages parents to place the interests of children first and intends to "make the divorce process as focused on the needs of the children as possible," featuring "crucial advice from experts, recommended time schedules that spouses can adapt, and practical suggestions for arriving at a cooperative plan for the entire family." The AAML is to be thanked for developing such a useful resource.