Cooperative Parenting: A Different Approach to Child Custody in Montana

If your relationship has ended and you have children together, you and your ex-partner probably disagree about many things. But if you can agree on one thing, it’s probably that your children’s best interests always come first. With that in mind creating a cooperative parenting plan may not have to be a long, stressful battle.

In most situations, parents each hire their own attorneys and each pays the full retainer amount for their attorneys. But imagine a situation where you share the cost together, have a peaceful conversation about your child’s future, and at the end of the day, have a plan ready for the judge’s signature. All without the long drawn-out court process, the stress, or the expense that goes with most standard parenting plans.

With our unique cooperative family law sessions, we can walk both you and your co-parent through the process of creating a personalized parenting plan in one single day.

Cooperative parenting plans are a simple alternative

When you’re creating a parenting plan, both parents are on the same team: Team Kid — even if you are divorced or don’t get along with your ex-partner.  

So if you and your co-parent want to create a parenting plan for your child, but you dread the possibility of a long, drawn-out court battle that has you both paying attorney’s fees, our family lawyers in Montana can help you step outside of that draining process.

Through our process, you’ll both meet with two skilled family attorneys who will help you navigate any areas of disagreement or unsureness. We won’t represent either party, so you won’t have to feel like this is a fight. 

A tailor-made solution for changing families

Every family is different. Children have different needs. Parents have different schedules and considerations. You need a parenting plan that’s customized to fit your family’s needs.

At our family law firm, we can create it with input from both you and your ex-partner, so you know the plan will be right for you from the very beginning. This ensures that you can move forward with your lives as soon as possible, focusing on what matters most: spending quality time with your kids — not at the courthouse.

When deciding on child custody and parenting plans, we can create a plan that’s going to endure the test of time and prepare for your child’s future, from today until they turn 18. 

The Montana Supreme Court has said that a parent who wishes to change a parenting plan has “an uphill battle” and a “heavy burden to bear” when it comes to convincing the Court that the plan should be changed. That’s why it’s so helpful to work with an experienced family attorney to create a parenting plan that meets your family’s needs.  

Creating a parenting plan doesn’t have to be expensive or stressful.

If you and your child’s other parent are ready to put your differences aside and sit down together to create a plan that provides for your child’s best interest, give us a call. Our Montana family lawyers can help create a customized parenting plan with both of your inputs. 

During our cooperative parenting sessions, our experienced family attorneys at Judnich Law will:

  • Walk you through each step, from start to finish, in a comfortable, calm environment.
  • Advise you on the law and how local courts interpret and create parenting plans. 
  • Help you calculate child support.  
  • Fully inform you throughout the process so you won’t have to wonder what’s going to happen with your kids. 

Contact our office today to discuss how you and your child’s other parent can provide for your child’s needs in a calm and efficient way.  We’re here to help.

Call us in Bozeman at (406) 602-8700 or Missoula at (406) 203-0913, or reach out to us online for a consultation.

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