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Parenting plan, custody agreement, what’s the difference?

| Oct 19, 2016 | Child Custody, Firm News

Wading through the language of the law can be a source of considerable confusion. It doesn’t matter what state you live in – Arkansas or some other. Sometimes, terms that address the same subject can be misunderstood as meaning the same thing when they don’t. When that happens, frustration can follow.

Issues related to child custody when parents are going their separate ways can be among the most common sources of trouble. Loving parents typically don’t want to be denied access to their children but when the divorce papers are filed, some changes need to be anticipated. And before any final child custody arrangement is settled upon, an initial parenting plan may have to be created.

To see the difference between these issues in action, consider the temporary arrangement in place in the breakup of the marriage of actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They have six children but since the couple split last month and she filed divorce papers, Pitt has been keeping his distance from the kids. He reportedly only saw them for the first time last week, and then it was in the company of a therapist.

That therapist is a requirement of the parenting plan the couple agreed to abide by in the wake of their split. Another provision of the agreement has Pitt voluntarily submitting to drug and alcohol testing and the family getting counseling.

The agreement is reportedly part of a plan recommended by the Department of Child and Family Services in Los Angeles as a way of protecting the best interests of the children. That pact is due to expire later this week, at which time custody issues will be reexamined and possibly adjusted.

For now, the couple continues to share legal custody, though Jolie has physical custody. Pitt is said to be seeking some form of joint custody.

Throughout the whole process, you can be sure there will be attorneys providing necessary assistance.

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