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Things to know about a parenting agreement

Have you and your spouse come to the conclusion that divorce is necessary? If you plan on moving forward with the process, you need to understand how it will impact your life.

For example, if you have at least one child together, you need to make decisions that will ensure his or her well being in the future. The last thing you want to do is let your divorce have a negative impact on your child's life.

This is where a well thought out parenting agreement comes into play.

As you go through mediation, you'll probably find that you and the other parent don't agree on everything in regard to custody. Fortunately, as you negotiate, you can work toward creating a parenting agreement that works for all parties.

In short, a parenting agreement is a written document that outlines how both individuals will parent in the future. It can include things such as:

  • Which parent will have physical custody
  • Which parent will have legal custody
  • A visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent
  • An agreement in regard to where the child will spend holidays, birthdays, vacations and other similar events

Your parenting agreement can also include details regarding future changes. For example, as your child gets older, you may need to adjust the plan so that it better fits his or her many activities.

Also, including language for making future changes will ensure that both parents are on the same page should this situation arise.

Once all the details of the parenting agreement are in place it is sent to the court for final approval. If everything checks out with the judge, the agreement becomes final and you'll want to follow through with the details contained within.

It's never easy to go through a divorce, especially if you need to consider the well-being of a child.

Fortunately, you have the opportunity to create a parenting agreement. It may take some time to negotiate all the details, but once you do so you'll feel better about what the future will bring. As long as you're confident in your ability to raise your child in the appropriate manner, nothing else matters.

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