Often parents cannot agree on a parenting plan or just don’t know how to put one together. This can result with both parents in front of a judge. Less extreme help is available.
Some good options for parents to consider include the assistance of lawyers, of a mediator or of a parenting coordinator.
Family lawyers are very practiced in putting together a parenting plan. Usually this can be accomplished in a single meeting where all the parties sit down together and the lawyers help come up with a plan that works for everyone. Mediators are trained to help parties to talk about their problems and come up with solutions outside of the box that are acceptable to everyone. Parenting coordinators are essentially specialized mediators who are often legally trained and are practiced in dealing with child related disputes.