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Parenting agreement: Court approval and violations

When you create a parenting agreement, you do so with the idea that it will keep both you and your ex-spouse on the same page in regard to how you raise your children. While that's the goal, it doesn't always work out that way.

A parenting agreement is submitted to a judge for final approval. After approval, you and the other parent are required by law to follow the terms and conditions outlined by the agreement, such as those associated with parenting time.

While not always the case, you may have to attend an informal court hearing to prove to the judge that you understand the parenting agreement and what's required of you.

Violations can occur

Even if you do your best to follow the parenting agreement, your ex may not do the same. They may assume that a violation is no big deal, which results in a variety of problems in the future.

If a violation occurs, the best thing you can do is discuss the issue with the other parent. You may find that they made an honest mistake and that you don't have to take additional action.

However, if violations continue to occur, such as failure to follow the visitation portion of the agreement, you have the right to go to court to ensure that it's enforced in the future. If this doesn't work, the court may alter the agreement in your favor.

You create a parenting agreement with the idea that it will help you better parent your children after a divorce. If it causes more harm than good, don't hesitate to take immediate action.

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