Going through a divorce can be a dark time. Even if you realize this was the best decision, nothing changes the fact that your life will never be the same.
If you have a child with your ex-spouse, it's safe to assume that there are some things you need to work out. For example, matters of custody, visitation and support will quickly move to the forefront of your divorce case.
Even though you may not be looking forward to co-parenting, it's something you need to do for the sake of your child. This sounds like something that is full of challenges – and it can be – but you don't want to let that scare you.
A parenting agreement can brighten your future, as it goes a long way in keeping both individuals on the right track. Here are some of the many things to include in a parenting agreement:
- Physical custody, which is where the child will live
- Legal custody, which determines which parent (or maybe both) will make major life decisions
- A schedule for holidays, vacations and other life events
- Visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent
In addition to these details, you'll also want to implement a system for approaching any future changes or disputes. Even if you do your best to avoid trouble, there's no way of knowing what could happen. It's nice to know that you have a system in place for taking care of any issues as they arise.
Once you finalize the finer details of a parenting agreement, such as in mediation, the document will be sent to a family law judge for approval. From there, as long as it checks out, you'll have something in place to guide you in the days, months and years to come.
Creating a parenting agreement can be challenging, but understanding the primary goal and your legal rights will go a long way in helping you make informed and confident decisions. Once you have your agreement in place, you can breathe a sigh of relief.