As you move through your divorce, it will only be a matter of time before you discuss matters of child custody (if you have a child with the other person).
While you have one set of ideas, there's a good chance your ex-spouse has something else on his or her mind. This is why you need to be prepared for anything that could come your way.
Fortunately, through the creation of a parenting agreement, both individuals can be happy with the child custody arrangement moving forward.
Here are five important questions to answer through the creation of a parenting agreement:
- Where will the child live? This is also known as physical custody
- Which parent will make key decisions related to the child's upbringing? This is known as legal custody, and it could be granted to both parents.
- What type of visitation schedule is best for the noncustodial parent?
- Where will the child spend summer vacations, holiday breaks, birthdays and other life events?
- What is the best system for making changes to the parenting agreement in the future? As a child ages, there's a good chance the original agreement will no longer work as planned.
You can answer a variety of questions through the creation of a parenting agreement. As long as you know what you want to accomplish, it's much easier to push forward with the process.
Getting started is as simple as understanding your legal rights, setting goals and working through things one step at a time. It's your hope that you figure everything out in a timely and amicable manner.
Source: FindLaw, "The Parenting Agreement," accessed April 12, 2018