How to Create a Workable Parenting Agreement

Adoption.jpgIf you are going through a Florida divorce and have children, one of the most important tasks that lie ahead of you and your spouse is to create a workable parenting agreement.

A parenting agreement is essentially a plan on how you and your soon-to-be ex will parent your children together. It covers decisions on custody, visitation, child support, education, religious training (if any) as well as how time is to be divided and shared between parents.

If you and your spouse have an amicable relationship, you can usually work together to create a parenting plan without the involvement of a mediator or other professional to assist you. If this is the case, then the plan you develop together should also be reviewed by your Florida divorce attorney prior to be made part of a court filing.

If there is likely to be a dispute regarding the children, you can negotiate through your divorce attorneys or call in a mediator to help you work through the issues you may have with your spouse regarding a parenting arrangement.

In either scenario, once a parenting agreement is reached, it is a good idea to make it part of the court record – and have the judge approve it – in case there ever comes a day when you may need the agreement enforced by returning to court.

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