Custody Arrangements with Your Child in Mind
Child custody agreements set a legally binding plan into effect during a separation or divorce and provide guidelines for different aspects of your child’s care. No two custody agreements are the same, but most of them include specific elements that stipulate who has the child for what amount of time, which parent provides specific financial support, and how holidays will be divided. Follow the guidelines below to make sure that you are not missing any key elements when you are planning. It is best to discuss, and create, your child custody agreement with an attorney so that you know that all your bases are covered. Attorneys on our team are experienced with a variety of child custody arrangements and can help you set yours up in a way that protects the stability of your child’s life.
Custody Agreement Essentials
There are certain provisions that are essential for making sure that you have a thorough child custody agreement. Including these stipulations will eliminate concerns about how things will be handled in the future, as well as help to hold parents accountable.
Important aspects to include in your child custody agreement include:
- Child custody schedule: Determine the custody arrangement as far as what percentage of time each parent will have with the child, and how that time will be set up. Examples are week on/week off, splitting the week into sections, or if one parent has primary custody, spending weekdays with one parent and weekends with the other. This also includes who has physical custody and who has legal custody.
- Decision making authority: Decide who will oversee school decision making, healthcare and health insurance, who can handle the child’s college savings, etc. All the legal authority stipulations about your child moving forward will be determined in this section.
- School: Designate which neighborhood school your child will attend. Choose the neighborhood based upon distance from each house, where the child attended school up until now, and what will be the most stable for the child.
- Financial obligations: Delegate the financial obligations based on time spent with the child, income, financial status, and employment provided insurance. One parent may pay for most of the child care because the other pays for tutoring and doctor visit copays, or one pays less for sports related purchases but covers health insurance. These will also take into account if one pay the other child support, and whether that child support includes any of the expenses.
- Holidays: Decide who will have the child on the bigger holidays, and if you will switch off each year. Consider family obligations, potential vacations, and what will be the most fun and beneficial for your child. For example, if one parent’s family has a very large celebration for a holiday and the other’s does not, let the child go where there will be the most relatives and fun.
- Additional stipulations: Define how you will handle the unexpected events, expenses, or things like vacations. If you want to vacation out of the state or country, how much notice must you give the other parent? Any questions that may arise would go in this category.
If you plan for these stipulations and decisions, it will make the process move much faster and easier once you meet with attorneys and draw up the legal documents.
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When you are going through your divorce, it is imperative to have legal counsel that will make sure you don’t miss anything. Our team of child custody attorneys at the Law Offices of Keith J. Nedwick, P.C. can help you to make sure you don’t miss anything. We will work with you to create a child custody agreement that has your child’s best interest at heart. Don’t risk a potential mistake that could affect your children’s lives, count on our team to guide you.
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