The Evolution, Content and Value of Parent Plans
This virtual, three-hour program hosted by the MSBA Family and Juvenile Law and ADR Sections in partnership with National Family Resiliency Center (NFRC) and a panel of judicial officers, mediators and attorneys, will focus on the new Rule 9-204 which requires parties to discuss “parenting time” and “legal decision-making authority” prior to mediation and prior to trial. Should the parties not reach complete agreement on their custody issues, they must then file a “Joint Statement” (similar to Rule 9-207 joint property statement) which informs the court about areas on which the parties agree and also the areas which must be decided by the Court. Can this PROCESS, as well as the PRODUCT, improve the final outcome by better focusing on the needs of the children?
The material will be presented by lecture and video presentations by professionals and parents who have successfully prepared parenting plans, and who explain that developing their own parenting plans taught them how to solve problems now, and how to communicate and “self-resolve” future disputes.
The program will include presentations concerning:
Risa Garon -Executive Director of NFRC and therapist
Keith Schiszik, Esq.
Pamela Blackwell-Parent Education Coordinator, NFRC
Chris Nicholson, Esq. – Best Interest Attorney
Keith Schiszik, Esq. – Parent Attorney
Jolie Weinberg, Esq. – Mediator
Kathryn Huff, Esq. – Mediator
Magistrate Elizabeth Case – Howard County
Lisa Mohink – Deputy Court Administrator, Circuit Court of Howard County
Judge Fred Hecker – Carroll County Circuit Court
Viewers will have the chance to submit questions during the livestream as well as ahead of the presentation to Criselle Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
2.5 hours of CLE credit will be offered by the surrounding MCLE states.
The program will be recorded and available on-demand a week after the livestream program date.
1. Evolution of the New Rule – History Leading up to Judicial Rules 9-204.1 and 9-204.2
a. Maryland Custody Commission
b. Statewide Forms
2. Components of a Child-focused Parent Plan
a. Skills and Strategies in helping parents with communication and decision making
3. How Custody Factors are presented
a. How child development, custody factors and specific child’s needs are addressed
using the model
Panel discussion addressing practical application of the Parent Plan rule. Mediators, Magistrates, Judges and Attorneys discuss how to apply the new Parent Plan Rule to each phase of a contested custody matter, including Parent Education Seminars, Mediation, Settlement and Contested trials.