The attorneys at Pomper Price, LLC understand that time with your children is invaluable and we will advocate for your rights as a parent
While your relationship may be over, your commitment to your children never ends. The divorce attorneys at Pomper Price, LLC understand that you simply cannot place a dollar value on the time that you get to spend with your children. However, the reality is that for most parents, a divorce or break-up means that your time with your children will be divided between you and your ex in some fashion. This can be a difficult new reality to face especially if you and your ex have different ideas about how parenting time or decision-making should be shared.
What is APR? APR stands for the "allocation of parental responsibilities." Parental responsibilities include parenting time and decision-making-authority. In divorce cases with children, the court will divide marital property, address spousal maintenance and child support, and allocate parental responsibilities. In cases where the parties have children but are unmarried, the case is simply referred to as an "APR" case and the court will allocate parental responsibilities and address child support.
The court allocates parental responsibilities based upon several factors referred to as the "best interests" factors. These factors include but are not limited to, the parents' ability to support the children's relationship with the other parent, the parents' ability to place the children's needs ahead of their own, the past pattern of involvement between the parents and the children, and the wishes of the parents and occasionally, the children.
When the parents agree on how to allocate parental responsibilities, they can simply file a parenting plan with the court and ask that it be adopted as a court order. When the parents disagree, it can be helpful to ask for the appointment of an expert, such as a Child & Family Investigator ("CFI") or a Parental Responsibilities Evaluator ("PRE"). These are court-appointed experts who investigate the disputed issues and then issue a report that includes recommendations to the court about how parental responsibilities should be allocated between the parents. For more about the differences between the two types of experts, please click here.
The attorneys at Pomper Price, LLC know that your children are the most important people in your life. That is why it's critical for you to have experienced, knowledgeable, and aggressive representation by your side. Schedule a free, one-hour consultation with one of our attorneys today.