When parents in Texas divorce, they often disagree on a lot of things. However, a common area of agreement is usually the health, safety and well-being of their children. To ensure the best interests of the children are served, parents may choose to create a suitable child custody agreement. These strategies can be helpful for parents who are working to draft and create a child custody agreement.
The contents should be specific
In the terms of the child custody agreement, parents need to be as specific as possible in order to protect the children as well as each other. A suitable custody agreement should include details about pick-ups and drop-offs and what these exchanges will look like. The agreement should also include the specific days of the week or month that each parent will have the kids. When creating visitation schedules, be sure to factor in things like extracurricular activities and school vacations.
Although it may be difficult following a separation, parents need to avoid conflict or the adversarial process, particularly when there are just a few disagreements. When parents are close to ironing out the details but are held up by a few minor difficulties, it is often helpful to consider mediation or arbitration to nail down the last details of the custody agreement. By undergoing arbitration or mediation, parents can involve a neutral third-party party who will help parents come to a custody agreement that is suitable and beneficial for everyone.
A child custody agreement will impact both parents and children for years. Creating a suitable and appropriate agreement is essential. Parents in Texas who have questions or need help with drafting a child custody agreement can benefit by seeking the services of a knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney who can provide legal counsel and understands the laws surrounding child custody.