Parenting agreements in divorce help you to work out arrangements together without the court involvement. Divorce Negotiator guides you to help reach your own decisions about contact arrangements, considering the whole family’s needs. Taking in account your child’s best interests being priority. By using our services we will push for better communication between you and your partner. This will allow you both to focus on what is right for your child.
Divorce Negotiator can set this out in a parenting agreement once you both reach an agreement. This is drafted around your family’s specific needs (we do not use general templates). Our parenting agreements focus on your child(ren) taking their best interests.
A parenting agreement is a helpful tool to refer to it and reflect upon to avoid a dispute from arising.
It can also help to avoid contentious court proceedings as these are generally reviewed every six months to a year.
Should conflict be unavoidable and one party makes an application to the court, you can use a parenting agreement as persuasive evidence to show the judge what each party’s intentions were from the outset, regarding the children.
A parenting plan is a written document that outlines how parents will raise their child after separation or divorce. You may have heard of legal terms such as “custody” and “access” used to refer to these arrangements. A parenting plan doesn’t have to use legal terms, however, it can focus on describing parenting arrangements such as:
- how to make decisions about the child (for example, jointly or individually but in consultation with the other parent)
- how to share information between parents
- when each parent will spend time with the child
- how to address other parenting issue.
A parenting plan should reflect the interests and the needs of the child which should help reduce conflict between parents therefore setting out guidelines and expectations and subsequently reducing conflict. Research shows that children’s chances of coping with their parents’ separation or divorce are better if their parents co-operate with each other.
A parenting plan should have enough detail to be useful, yet enough flexibility to be realistic.
When thinking about your parenting plan consider the age of your child(ren) and how well you are able to work with the other parent. A parenting plan can lessen conflict by setting out clear guidelines.
This checklist can help identify issues to consider when developing a parenting plan and does not address issues such as property division or spousal support. The checklist identifies topics for consideration along with some questions to consider. These questions are not exhaustive and are simply there to help guide your thinking and discussions on the topic.
You know your child best so there may be issues in the checklist that do not apply to your situation and certainly there may be others not listed that are unique to your situation. The Public Health Agency of Canada has some useful information interestly about helping children involved in separation and divorce for example, this information points out some special considerations, depending on children’s ages and stages.