It’s hard to realize that your marriage has come to an end. Even if you know that this is the best thing for all individuals, it’s never easy to move on.
If you have at least one child with your soon-to-be former spouse, you’ll want to think long and hard about what is best for him or her.
Note: The court always makes decisions in the best interest of the child, so you should feel comfortable doing the same.
At some point, you may realize that it’s best to negotiate with the other parent with respect to child custody and visitation. There may be sticking points and challenges along the way, but the creation of a parenting agreement can make life easier on both people.
While no two parenting agreements are the same, there are several details you need to consider adding to this written legal document:
- Which parent will have physical custody
- Which parent will have legal custody
- Visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent
- An outline of where the child will spend major events, such as holidays and birthdays
- Details on how to deal with communication with other family members
- A plan for working through disputes in the future
- A plan for making changes when the time comes
A parenting agreement can include quite a few details, so make sure you consider everything.
Once you have this in order, all you need is the court’s approval. From there, you can move on with your life, knowing that the parenting agreement will give you an idea of what you should and shouldn’t be doing.
You have legal rights as you move through the divorce process. You need to know what you are able to do, as this can help you make more informed decisions.