When two people decide to dissolve their marriage important decisions about the child’s care and living situation must be made. Parents are allowed to come to an agreement about what is best for their children.
Custody agreements are often part of the divorce settlement when a marriage is dissolved. The agreements spell out whom the child lives with and the types of visitation that are allowed with the children and what will happen as the child matures. The agreement can be as specific as who makes the choices when it comes to education, medical care, religious upbringing, and the activities the children will be involved in.
If the parents are unable to reach an agreement on their own, the courts will decide or a private custody mediator may be appointed.
They will recommend a child visitation schedule for the child that the court deems in the best interest of the child.
Child visitation agreements are designed to make sure both parents have time with their children. The agreement should specifically spell out the terms of the agreement from how long the child will stay with each parent, how the exchange will take place, and who the child spends each holiday with and how the child will spend their summer breaks with. The agreement should also include ways to resolve disputes about visitation and how it will be enforced.