If you are in the midst of a
divorce and children are involved, one of the most important issues you will face
as co-parents is reaching an agreement regarding how you choose to continue
to parent together. Regardless of how angry you might be with one another,
or how much you might disagree on other issues, this must be set aside
for the well-being of your children. You do not want to leave this vital
decision up to a judge, so it is imperative to be willing to compromise.
What Is a Parenting Agreement?
A parenting agreement is a plan that defines how you and your ex-spouse
are going to share time with and raise your children, setting clear expectations
for both parents, reducing the presence of conflict. In your parenting
agreement, the following issues should be addressed:
- Living arrangements
- Financial issues, such as support
- Religious upbringing
Creating a Parenting Plan
To create a parenting plan with your ex-spouse you can seek the help of
a child custody mediator or other specialist with experience in this area.
However you choose to go about it, it is important to gather and review
any necessary documents before beginning negotiations. Depending on where
you are in the divorce proceedings, these documents might include:
- Court documents you filed or received regarding the divorce
- Correspondence from an attorney, mediator, counselor, or court official
regarding the divorce, paternity, or child-related issues.
- Court orders regarding divorce, paternity declaration, or award of custody
- Any previously mediated, arbitrated, or negotiated agreements between you
and your ex-spouse
- Reports, letters, or evaluations from your child’s school, which
may provide insight
It is possible that you might not need all of these documents to create
a parenting plan, but it is better to come prepared. Once you and your
ex reach an agreement, make it part of the divorce file and request the
judge’s approval. A judge’s approval and signature will make
it enforceable, so that if one parent is not in compliance with the terms,
the other can return to court to ask the judge to require that parent
to follow the agreement.
Birmingham Child Custody Attorney
The Badalucco Firm, we understand that divorce is never easy, especially when it comes to
child custody. Our legal team makes it a priority to help you and your
ex-spouse work out a sound and balanced custody and parenting plan that
serves the best interests of you and your child. If an agreement cannot
be reached, our firm is not afraid to take your case to family court.
Contact our firm today at
(248) 467-8208 to discuss your child custody case with us.