4 Reasons to get Child Custody Orders

by Arlene Kock on Mar. 05, 2017

Divorce & Family Law Child Custody Divorce & Family Law  Family Law Divorce & Family Law  Divorce 

Summary: Custody orders require the power of court enforcement. The only way to accomplish this result is to go to court and have your agreements turned into an order.

It's great when parents can cooperate with one another on parenting their children and on the financial issues affecting child-support. Collaboration and cooperation should always be the objective when you were coparenting children and supporting their financial needs.
It's great when these arrangements work but it's terrible when they don't. Here are five good  reasons why you should get court orders:
Certainty: Well drafted court orders removes the uncertainty that can present themselves in fluid family parenting arrangements. Even when parents work well together, situations can crop up that create conflict if the arrangements on  timeshare are not backed up by enforceable orders.

Clarity: Each  court order can be unique to each family system . If there are specific desires on developing after school time,  vacation time etc., these customized terms can be built into a case specific court order.

Accountability: in the event that you have a difficult situation with the other parent, precise orders can create an accountability that can be addressed if you have to return to court on enforcement. If you don't have court orders, you have no parenting structure that is enforceable.

Enforceability: if the other parent will not cooperate, you can pull the police in to assist on the immediate implementation of a parenting order if that order is clear enough for enforceability. As a final measure, you can return to court on a contempt motion asking for sanctions, attorneys fees and additional punishments that could include jail time for a parent that repeatedly violates court orders.
The best way to ensure that orders are enforceable and easy to understand would be to  to secure the services of an experienced family law attorney to return to court and acquire the orders that your particular case may need.

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