Los Angeles Divorce Attorney
Child Custody and Divorce Lawyer in Los Angeles

Step up Plans

A frequently encountered problem is that a plan you develop now may not necessarily be appropriate in
the future. For example, a plan for young children which permits the non-custodial parent limited
overnights may not be appropriate when the children are older. A court may not be willing to change the
status quo simply because the children have grown up and are better able to transition between
households. One way of dealing with this is to create a “step-up plan” that provides increased periods
of custody to the non-custodial parent when the children reach a certain age.

Step-up plans are particularly useful in reaching settlements where there are concerns about the
parenting abilities of the non-custodial parent or the psychological harm that moving between two
households will have on a child. Step up plans foster a sense of trust, responsibility and reliability as the
non-custodial parent and the children familiarize themselves with the new routines and new households.

Step up plans are also useful to encourage parental responsibility where there are substance abuse
problems or visitation has to be monitored because a parent has endangered the child. These step up
plans should be drafted to allow the non-custodial parent increased time when they have met specific
goals e.g. they have remained clean and sober for six months.

Contact a Los Angeles Divorce Attorney at Law Offices of Warren R. Shiell to discuss your
custody issues.
Please call to make an appointment at 310.247.9913.


                                   return to top of page < HOME

© 2009 Warren R. Shiell. All rights reserved. Los Angeles Divorce and Family Law Attorney. The information contained in
this website is an "Advertisement." It is for informational purposes only and shall not constitute legal advice. Nothing in this  
Website shall be deemed to create an Attorney-Client relationship. An Attorney-Client relationship shall only be created when
this office agrees to represent a Client and a Client signs a written retainer agreement.
Divorce Attorneys Lawyers Los Angeles
Divorce and Separation
Child Custody and Visitation
Parenting Plans 101
Creating a parenting plan
Model Parenting Plans
children's preferences in custody disputes
Custody Mediation
Child Custody Evaluation
Move Aways
parenting plan modification
Do's and Don'ts in Child Custody
parenting after separation
Communication during custody
uses and abuses of the internet
Breastfeeding young children custody
Toddlers and Custody Transitions
kids and the law in california guide for parents
property division
child support
spousal support
prenuptial agreements
domestic violence
divorce and taxes
family law forms
california family law
california court guides
divorce books resources
divorce case law
client testimonials
law offices of warren shiell about us