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A divorcing father can benefit from a parenting agreement

Going through a divorce can be one of the most difficult times of your life. This is even more so the case if you have a child with your ex-wife.

Although you may not be able to save your marriage, it doesn't mean that your relationship with your child should struggle. Instead, you need to take the right steps during the divorce process to ensure that your relationship stays strong now and in the future.

With all this in mind, you don't want to get caught up in a child custody dispute. Instead, you should work with your ex-wife to ensure that both parties are in position to do what's best for the child.

While some people have no choice but to opt for litigation, many find that they can create a parenting agreement through the use of an out-of-court process. With this approach, both individuals have the opportunity to speak their mind.

A parenting agreement isn't a "one size fits all" approach. Instead, you need to work with your ex-wife to customize the agreement in a manner that will suit both parties. Remember this: You want to make decisions that will benefit your child.

Here are some of the key areas to focus on when creating a parenting agreement:

  • Where the child will live.
  • Visitation schedule, with a focus on when the parent without physical custody will be able to spend time with the child.
  • How major decisions are made in the future.
  • Where the child will spend vacations, holidays, birthdays and other major life events.
  • Contact with other family members, such as grandparents.

In addition to the above, the best parenting agreements have language on how to address future disagreements. You hope to avoid disagreements down the road, but you never know what will come about.

Once you and your ex-wife work out all the details, once you're happy with the parenting agreement that's in place, a judge will review it for final approval.

As a divorcing father, you may have questions about child custody. You may also be concerned about how to stay involved in your child's life. Even though there are some challenges in your way, there is no problem that is too big to overcome.

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