Sample Custody Agreement

Sample Custody Agreement

Divorce is a horrible solution for anyone. It is a hard decision for the parents, but it is even more difficult for the children. Then parents have to come up with an agreement for custody. A sample custody agreement is available with your attorney. This custody agreement has plans for the children like, living arrangements, visiting schedule, how to contact with family and friends, vacations schedule, and how any changes in the agreement is dealt with. Child custody agreements are mostly resolved informally and voluntarily, and they happen out of court between parents. The plan is to protect the best interest of the children.

There is not only one type of custody agreement; it varies from one case to another. There is physical custody, which means that a parent is given the right to have a child live with her/him. Some states give both the parents with joint custody, where the child can live with both parents. Physical custody gives the child equal time to spend with both the parents separately. It works best when both the parents live near each other, so the child does not have to stress on adjusting. When only one parent is given sole physical custody, the other parent has rights to visit their child.

Another form is legal custody, which means that you have the right to make decisions about the child’s upbringing. A parent who has legal custody of decides which school the child goes to, his/her religion, and medical care. If parents are given joint legal custody, they must make all these decisions together for the child. Any parent who acts differently might be taken to court. If the other parent is abusive and refuses to work with you, you can go to court and apply for sole custody. Many states prefer joint legal custody, so it might be difficult to get sole guardianship.

What is sole custody? A parent can have sole physical custody or sole legal custody. If one parent is proven unfit, the court will give sole physical custody to the other parent. Parents who are dependent on drugs, alcohol, a new mate who is unfit, and if the child is found being neglected. Non-custodial parents are given visiting privileges. Even if one parent has sole physical custody, the other parent might be awarded with joint legal custody. In this case, the child will live with one parent permanently, but his/her life plan is a joint decision of both parents.

What is joint custody? Parents who do not live together have shared custody. This requires for them share responsibility such as making important decisions for the child. Parents can apply for joint custody once they have separated, been divorced, or are not living together. Joint custody includes joint physical custody, joint legal custody, and joint legal and physical custody. Often parents, who share physical custody, also share legal custody of the child. The children’s best interest is the main focus, because it is he or she who has to cope with the situation.