Tips for Working Out Child Custody Agreements

Sunday, March 1st, 2020, 1:20 am

If you and your spouse are going through a divorce and have children, you’re going to need to come to some sort of child custody agreement or accept one from the court. In most cases, it’s best to work something out between the two of you instead of letting the court decide. This way, you can at least compromise on some things are likely to come to an agreement you can both live with. But working out such a custody agreement can be difficult. Here are a few tips that may make it a little easier.

Be Specific

The court wants to see that the two of you have come to very specific terms regarding custody. This means you need to outline exactly how you’ll handle routine custody, holidays, summer vacations, school vacations, and other important dates. You’ll want to have a plan for how you’ll handle switching days if you need to, including how much notice one parent needs to give the other if they need to change the schedule temporarily.

Set Aside Any Feelings You Have Towards Your Spouse

Obviously, compromise is a big part of this discussion, but it’s still important to understand that you’re not likely to get what you see as the ideal arrangement. The goal here is to come to an agreement that you can accept, even if it’s not exactly what you want. You need to do your best to set aside any anger or resentment you may have towards your spouse. The focus needs to be on your children and giving them what they need.

How Will Expenses Be Shared?

If one of you is paying child support to the other, that will cover a range of expenses. However, you may also want to discuss other expenses that fall outside of what child support is for. This includes things such as unexpected medical costs, fees and costs associated with extracurricular activities, and more. You don’t necessarily have to outline how every one of these costs will be split, especially since you can’t anticipate unexpected expenses. However, having an outline about how such expenses will be split is helpful.

Work with an Expert

The legal team at FK Law Group has years of experience in helping parents work through a divorce and come to an acceptable child custody agreement. Contact us today to discuss your case.

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