For many people, the biggest challenge of the divorce process is getting in the right frame of mind. Although you have an idea of what you want to accomplish, you never really know what the future will bring.
Creating a parenting agreement is easier said than done, but that doesn't mean you should shy away from this and hope for the best. You need to dive in head first to ensure that you know exactly what to expect along the way.
As the name suggests, a parenting agreement outlines what you should and shouldn't be doing in regard to raising your child with your ex-spouse. You may have to compromise on some details, but that's all part of divorce.
If you want to create a parenting agreement that will clear your mind and put you in a better place, here are some of the many details you should include:
- Which parent will have physical custody
- If one or both parents will have legal custody
- The visitation schedule of the non-custodial parent
- The best way to deal with contact with other family members, such as grandparents
- Where the child or children will spend summer break, vacations, holidays, birthdays and any other major events
Along with the above, there is one other thing you should think about including in your parenting agreement: language that outlines how any disputes or changes will be dealt with in the future.
You hope that you never have a dispute or need to alter the parenting agreement, but you shouldn't expect things to work out this way. There is a very good chance that you will eventually run into a challenge, so it's important for you to prepare for this up front.
As you think about your life after divorce, it's essential that you turn your attention to the well being of your child or children. This all starts with creating a parenting agreement that will put your children in position to thrive.
There may be some challenges standing in your way, but if you're patient with the process and understand your legal rights, you're putting yourself in position to create the right type of parenting agreement.