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Going through a divorce can be a challenge, especially if you have at least one child with your soon-to-be ex-spouse.

While you need to do what's right for you during this difficult time of your life, you should never lose sight of what's best for your child.

There are many steps you can take to relieve some of your stress, including the creation of a parenting agreement. With this in place, you'll find it much easier to get along with your ex-spouse, all the while giving your child the life he or she deserves.

Here are some of the key areas to address in a parenting agreement:

  • Where the child will live in the future
  • Which parent will be the Primary Residential Parent/Alternative Residential Parent
  • Will the decision making be joint or sole? 
  • The regular co-parenting schedule 
  • A schedule for holidays, vacations and other important events
  • A system for handling any disputes and changes that could arise in the future

While you can include all of these things in a parenting agreement, you don't have to stop there. Instead, you should consider adding anything that will make things easier on all parties involved.

With the ability to customize a parenting agreement, the only thing you have to worry about is working through the finer details with the other individual. As long as you are open to compromise, while also keeping the best interests of your child in mind, things should work out in the end.

With knowledge of your legal rights and how to negotiate the best possible parenting agreement, it's much easier to face this process with confidence.

Source: FindLaw, "The Parenting Agreement," accessed Dec. 01, 2017

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