Susan Rossi Cook, Attorney and Mediator

What should be included in a co-parenting agreement?

A solid co-parenting agreement should include many facets. Issues such as education, medical expenses, decision making, parental responsibilities, religion, and others should be addressed. Generally, the more guidance a co-parenting agreement includes on these issues, the less likely it is future conflicts will arise.

One successful kind of co-parenting is known as a collaborative parenting plan. However, it does not work for everyone. A collaborative parenting plan is one in which parents are able to work together and speak to each other regularly, and with sensitivity to what is in the best interests of the child. They may mutually agree on parenting methods, as well as punishments. They may even choose to continue spending holidays and other special occasions together. Obviously, this type of plan requires great mutual respect and hard work from both parties.

A key component to have in writing as part of a collaborative co-parenting agreement is that the parties will both commit to consulting one another on any matter that affects the children, their welfare, or development. This will cover all bases when decisions are to be made concerning matters such as education, medical treatments, or other significant issues. Having this agreement in writing holds the parties liable to their co-parenting commitment. If one party becomes impossible to work with in the future, the other could then return to court for a modification if necessary.

A family law attorney is a great asset for discovering ways in which a family can continue to function after a divorce.

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