TEXAS PARENTING AGREEMENTS AND CHILD CUSTODY AGREEMENTS
What makes up a parenting agreement?
A parenting plan is key when sharing custody of a child in that it incorporates key elements that are vital to the care of your child. In addition, most parenting plans also outline the process for decision making, communication and managing contentious situations with each other. The idea behind a parenting plan is that the child’s care will remain as consistent, and uninterrupted as possible. A parenting plan should be detailed.
Key elements to a parenting agreement should include:
• The process for making decisions
• How you will communicate with the other parent
• How disagreements will be managed
• The child’s visitation schedule with each parent
Why do I need a parenting agreement?
The parenting plan should always keep the child’s best interests at the forefront. A parenting plan can help the process of shared parenting be a smoother one and ultimately reduce the amount of conflict that you stand to face. Putting together a plan with your children in mind can ensure that you are able to make agreements that work for you and your family.
What if my spouse and I cannot agree?
When there is no parenting agreement present, the courts may take it upon themselves to draw up a plan for you. By failing to come to an agreement surrounding the plan, you put yourself at risk for losing control over the process, and allow the courts to make the final decision.