How divorcing fathers can benefit from a parenting agreement

Are you a father going through the divorce process? Do you have concerns about what the future will hold with respect to spending time with your child? Do you want to put an end to this before it becomes too serious?

It is only natural to have some concerns, as you may have heard the stories about how courts favor women during the divorce process.

Fortunately, there are some key steps you can take to help everything work out in your favor in the long run. For example, you should remember this: Most child custody cases can be resolved before heading to court. There are many ways this happens, such as informal negotiations between you and the other parent.

Consider a parenting agreement

As long as the other parent is open to discussion, you should focus on creating a parenting agreement that both parties can live with. In short, this is an agreement that touches on all the most important issues related to child custody and visitation. Best yet, you don't have to go through litigation in order to create an agreement.

Although no two parenting agreements are the same, these typically touch on the following details:

  • The location where the child will live, also known as physical custody.
  • Visitation schedules.
  • Who is responsible for making major decisions, such as those related to health and religion. This is also known as legal custody.
  • The parent with whom the child will spend holidays, vacations, and birthdays. This has a lot to do with setting a sound visitation schedule.
  • Contact with third parties, such as grandparents, other family members, and friends.

Along with the above, every parenting agreement should also include a system for resolving disputes and future changes. Although you hope you never run into a problem with your ex-wife, you know this could happen at some point, especially when your child is concerned. With the right language in the agreement, you'll know how to address such a situation.

With the ability to customize a parenting agreement, you and your ex-wife can agree on the most important details. You may not get everything you want, but there is nothing wrong with compromising. Remember this: You want to make decisions that will work in the best interest of your child in the future.

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