Like you, refiguring a routine and helping their children adjust to a new normal is the primary concern of many divorced parents in North Carolina. Putting the best interest of your children at the forefront can often lead to a more amicable outcome. At Cody Law Firm, we have experience in helping newly divorced parents negotiate co-parenting arrangements that are feasible, customized and beneficial to all parties.
Psychology Today suggests five critical components that you should include in any written agreement discussing the details of your parenting plan. These include the following:
- Length of agreement: Clearly articulate how long you and your spouse plan to follow the arrangement outlined in your co-parenting plan. Amendments may also be helpful if you and your spouse wish to reassess or modify your plan to accommodate changing circumstances. You should always include a clause that summarizes how disagreements will be settled and clarify the type of mediation services that will be enlisted.
- Time-sharing: This part of your agreement will discuss every detail related to a child’s residential living situation including which parent he or she will stay with and when, how overnight stays will be arranged and how time with each parent will be spent.
- Acknowledgement of agreement: You and your spouse should work together to create a general statement that acknowledges both of your agreement to work together in parenting and raising your children. Both of you must recognize that respect and flexibility will be critical in supporting the other parent’s decision-making skills, parenting routine and authority.
- Holiday arrangements: This portion will address parenting arrangements for holidays, special occasions and extended vacation breaks.
- Responsibility sharing: Here, you and your spouse will agree to collaborate on making decisions related to general parenting responsibilities including your child’s health care needs, religious affiliation and education.
With careful attention to the arrangement, articulation and feasibility of your co-parenting contract, you and your spouse can create a positive outcome for your children. More information about co-parenting agreements, visitation rights and relocation can be found on our web page.