Making sure that you have everything in order for a child custody case can be difficult. You want to make sure that your child’s best interests are represented in a manner that allows the child to thrive. For you and your ex, this agreement will serve as a road map of sorts as you raise the child. There are some points that you need to make sure are included in the child custody agreement.
One important point is who is going to make decisions for the child. This needs to cover different areas, including medical care, spiritual matters and schooling. You can choose one parent to make these decisions, you can both work together to make them or the court might step in and make the decisions. In most cases, it is best if one or both parents make the decisions for the child.
You have to decide where the child will live and what type of custody will be followed. This might be that the child spends most of the time with one parent but the parents share custody of the child. In some cases, sole custody of the child might be necessary. Typically, joint custody is the type of custody that parents have when both parents are going to be equally involved in the child’s life.
A schedule for who is going to have the child when must be made. This can be rather difficult when a parent has a job with an unpredictable schedule, such as when one parent is in the military. In those cases, the schedule may need to be flexible.
Some parents might find it difficult to remember what points must be addressed. Seeking out assistance for making a child custody agreement might help you to ensure that everything important and legally required is present.
Source: FindLaw, “Custody Considerations: Step-By-Step,” accessed Nov. 10, 2016