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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Dec 8, 2016

A child custody agreement should be one of the biggest priorities for a couple who is seeking a divorce. Getting an early start on a child custody plan is an easy way to start the negotiation process with your preferences. This article explains the things you can do to avoid conflict when negotiating a child custody plan.

Negotiating a Child Custody Agreement

When discussing child custody, there are several factors you should address. The more specific your plans are, the less disagreement there will be in the future. Your child custody agreement should include the following:

  • The regular custody schedule
  • Which parent will have custody during holidays and vacations
  • How you should communicate about your children
  • Religious upbringing
  • Medical care
  • Schooling and activities
  • How to adapt and change the agreement if future events change

Discussing these plans will help avoid future conflict between you and your ex-spouse. In order to reach an agreement on the above factors, you should do the following:

Talk to your spouse
Before rushing into anything, speak to your spouse to see if you can agree upon custody plans. Consider what is in the best interest of your child and try to plan accordingly.  If you can come to an agreement together you will save a lot of time and money.

Speak to a third party
A mediator or a third party can help you resolve issues with your spouse while breaking through emotions you may be having. A mediator will provide a neutral environment and an outsider’s perspective on your situation without counseling or giving legal advice to either of you.

Write a child custody agreement
After you and your spouse have come to an  agreement on your child custody plan, develop a written agreement. Be specific. Consider as many situations as you can and put them in writing. Your written agreement can serve as a reference in the future and can be presented to judge for approval.