Should I really have a parenting plan on a 17 year old? Or, are they too old to have a Court impose a parenting plan on them? Or, could the Court say they see me at their own discretion?
I think that the key would note the child's age and to have a lot of flexibility in the plan; depending on your relationship with opposing party.
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I've never done a parenting plan for a 17-year-old. Though, technically speaking, parenting plans are required in all divorces with children and paternity cases, I don't think I've ever seen a judge impose one for a 17-year-old. Most judges would just say that 17-year-olds are going to do what they are going to do.
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Usually, the Courts like to see a parenting plan in place. Remember, it does not only include time-shareing (what was called before "visitation"), but also what educational district the minor will be registered in, health issues resolution, etc.
As a lawyer I suggest people to put a parenting plan to have a guide which can, technically, be enforced. But I always explain to the parents that obviously, at 17 years old, the child is almost an adult and will probably (being a teenager) do whatever she or he pleases (no matter what the Court and/or the parents and/or what the lawyers say). So, the parenting plan could say that it would be up to the child to have his/her time-sharing, or have a plan but allow the child also to decide. Having a parenting plan with a child that age, and expect it will be fulfilled to the "T" would be delusional.
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