Divorcing fathers should push to create a parenting agreement

As a father going through the divorce process, you'll have many things on your mind. In addition to the actual split from your wife, you need to consider what this will mean to your future with regard to raising your children.

Did you know that many child custody cases can be resolved before going to court? This is something to strongly consider, as it puts you in better position to get what you want with respect to custody and parenting time.

As long as you and your ex-wife are willing to partake in informal negotiations, with the help of an attorney, of course, you may be able to create a parenting agreement that suits the needs of both individuals.

What does it entail?

Although a parenting agreement will differ from one case to the next, these typically take the following details into consideration:

  • Where the child will live.
  • A visitation schedule that works for both parents.
  • Where the child will spend vacations, birthdays, and holidays, along with a schedule outline.
  • Information regarding contact with other family members, such as grandparents. Some parenting agreements also outline contact with family friends.
  • The manner in which disputes will be handled.

As you can imagine, these are among the most common issues that fathers face when going through a divorce. However, it is far from a comprehensive list. You need to focus on the details that are most important to you and your relationship with your children. Fortunately, a parenting agreement can be customized to meet the specific needs of both parents and their children.

Once a parenting agreement is finalized, the last step is court approval. As long as the agreement was fairly negotiated and within the limits of the law, it should receive approval by the judge.

If you've never gone through divorce in the past, you may not realize how many challenges you will face. This is particularly true with respect to child custody matters.

The option to create a parenting agreement is available to you. This isn't always the right approach, but it definitely has a variety of benefits. You have the right to help raise your child, and this type of agreement can put you in position to do just that.

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