If you and your spouse decide to divorce, you know that this could have an impact on many parts of your life. This includes the way you raise your child.
Before we go any further, it’s important to always remember that you need to do whatever is in the best interest of your child. There is nothing more important than this.
A parenting agreement is one of the best ways to help with child custody concerns, as it outlines the responsibilities of both parents.
While you have the opportunity to customize your parenting agreement, there are some things that you definitely need to include:
- The person who will have physical custody
- The visitation schedule of the non-custodial parent
- The way that you and the other parent will make decisions regarding the child’s future
- Where the child will spend holidays, summer vacation, birthdays and other important events
- How contact with other family members, such as grandparents, will work
- A system for dealing with disputes and modifications in the future
As you create a parenting agreement, do your best to keep an open mind. You want to make decisions that will benefit you, but at the same time you need to be fair.
If you are able to work out the details of a parenting agreement, all you need to do at that point is seek court approval. As long as the judge feels that the agreement is fair, everything should check out and you can then move forward.
It is only natural to have concerns about child custody in the event of a divorce. Although it can be difficult to work things out with the other parent, you can create a parenting agreement to help eliminate some of the stress and tension. This could be the best decision you make, as it will benefit all parties involved.