When children are minors and they end up having children, it can be confusing in trying to determine who has custody of the child. There are many possibilities in coordinating custody and creating positive parenting plans for any ageing parent. With each parenting plan and representation within the court system, it is important to make sure you have solid legal counsel. The parenting plan can influence custody for the rest of the child’s life.
Willingness to Parent
The most important factor in determining child custody arrangements is the willingness of each parent to actually participate in the parenting plan. If there is one parent who is unwilling or is not able to be involved in the parenting process, then the courts will take that into consideration when arranging custody. It does not remove the responsibility of child support if one parent does not want to be involved in the actual parenting.
Naming of the Parents
Once the baby is born, the state has an interest in confirming that both parents are named on the birth certificate. If both parents are named on the birth certificate, and paternity is established, then it is easier to start the court process of creating a parenting plan and a custody arrangement.
The courts will encourage mediation to help determine a parenting plan and make sure that both parents are comfortable with the established agreement. If mediation is successful, then the court will accept the arrangement and completes the order of the court.
If mediation is not successful, then the court system will determine a custody and parenting plan. It is best to have a solid representation in place that will help work with the child’s court-appointed guardian ad litem to make sure the best interests of the child are given precedence.
For Legal Help
If you are concerned about child custody when both parents are underage minors, contact the Law Office of Lauren Cain for a consultation about your unique situation and the best interests of the child. Call us at (214) 234-2622 or fill out our contact form online to schedule a consultation today.