As we discussed last week, parenting agreements can be a successful way to handle issues regarding the children of divorce or separation. Specifically, they address child custody and visitation issues, detailing a resolution. These documents can clearly spell how who will have physical and legal custody, how birthdays and holidays will play out and what a visitation schedule will look like. Though this sounds great, and it certainly can be, care must be exercised when coming to such an agreement. Far too often emotions can cloud judgment, leading to unwanted results.
For example, a desire to make a soon-to-be former spouse happy may drive you to be overly agreeable to the other side’s proposals. If you are non-confrontational, you may wind up with less time with your child, which is not only unfair to you, but it could be hurtful to your child. Therefore, if you are going through a divorce and would like to see if you can settle child custody matters outside of the courtroom, you may want to consider obtaining competent legal counsel to help.
Experienced legal teams, like the one at the Rowe Law Firm, can view the matter objectively. At the same time, our legal team vigorously represents the best interests of the clients and his or her children. A competent attorney will be able to help you decide what is fair and what is unreasonable. He or she can also help draft and propose language to the other side that puts you in the driver seat of the arrangement.
In the end, divorce is really about finding a new beginning, so it should be treated as such. Though an agreement modification may be obtainable in the future, and should certainly be sought if the need arises, the initial negotiations should be taken very seriously. We proudly represent our clients in these matters, striving to aid them in finding the new start that is best for them and their children. To learn more, check out our website. This could provide general information for parents, helping them take appropriate action.