Child custody arrangements are an important part of the divorce process. Custody agreements are required in every state for separated or divorced parents. Custody agreements govern how custody of a child is divided or distributed. A custody agreement addresses things like:
● Joint custody: when both parents have equal say over their child's destiny;
● Legal custody: the determination of legal concerns such as a child's residency, religious beliefs, and medical care;
● Limited co-parenting schedule: a schedule that determines each parent's role;
● Physical custody: determines which parent has physical custody of a child;
● Sole custody: may include legal or physical custody or both.
A child custody agreement allows for parents to decide the custody rights of a child fairly. A common agreement should include:
● Complete custody and visitation schedule - This is also known as a parenting time schedule and is the bulk of an agreement. Both parents should act together to create a basic and convenient visitation and custody schedule for their children.
● Holiday and/or vacation schedule - In addition to a basic custody and visitation schedule, a holiday and vacation schedule should be made as well. This part of the agreement should include with whom a child spends each holiday or vacation and any specifics of where vacations will be spent and what will happen during holidays and vacations.
● Custody provisions - This involves possible requirements and stipulations that are part of a custody situation. It may include stipulations to help resolve arising issues, how future changes will be made to the agreement, and how activities and events the child participates in or attends will be chosen.
● Information about child support - Every state has a specific calculation for the amount of child support received. Each parent must complete the proper documents to determine who pays and what amount is paid. This information must be included in an agreement.
● Other important documents - Important documents such as a child's medical information, educational needs, or special needs may be included in an agreement for verification or relevance.
A fair arrangement is dependent on the kid and the family environment. No two agreements will be the same, and each should be tailored to the kid and/or situation. Child custody agreements are needed by law in every state in the event of a divorce or separation. When both parents keep their child's best interests in mind, good agreements may be reached.
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