The uses of a parenting agreement

Pierre Domercq Child Custody and Visitation

Couples in California who have young children and who are getting a divorce may need to create a document known as a parenting agreement. Parents may create the agreement together or separately. In some divorces, there may be so much animosity that the parents are unable to work on the agreement, and their attorneys might negotiate it instead.
A parenting agreement may cover a wide range of topics. These might include where the child will go to school and how to pay for it, who will pay for the child’s medical care and take the child to the doctor, and what the visitation schedule will be including which holidays will be spent with which parent.
There is an advantage to making the parenting agreement into a legally binding court order although this may not be a requirement. If one parent violates it, the court system can help ensure that the agreement is enforced.
Over time, parents might need to revise the plan based on their own situation, the child’s needs and other issues that arise. For example, if a child adds new extracurricular activities, they may want to address who is responsible for paying for them. Parents may need to return to court for any major changes in their agreement such as relocation matters. If a custodial parent plans to move away and this will affect the visitation schedule, a court may need to approve it. Another issue may arise if one person pays child support but is no longer able to pay the court-ordered amount. If this happens, the parent must ask the court for a child support modification. The parent must continue paying the same amount until the court approves the request.