Successful Custody Arrangements
This article helps you know what to include in your custody arrangements and how to work together with the other parent to reach an agreement.
You can write up your own custody agreement (on your own or with the other parent) or you can work with an attorney or legal professional and have them create it. If you don't want to pay the high cost of an attorney, and want to easily make your own agreement, you can use the Custody X Change software.
Custody X Change is software that creates parenting plans. You make each part of your agreement, and then you can print professional documents of your plan.
If you want to make sure your custody arrangements are successful, you will need to:
- Evaluate the needs of your child and make your custody arrangements in his or her best interests
- Create a detailed and comprehensive parenting plan
- Work with the other parent to reach an agreement
- Prepare your documents for the court to review
- Review your custody arrangements periodically and make changes as needed
- Work with the other parent to co-parent your child
Custody X Change can be used to create the perfect custody arrangements for your child. The software is easy to use so creating and modifying your custody plan will be simple.
If you want to have successful custody arrangements, your custody plan should include:
- A statement defining the kind of custody each parent will have
- A child visitation schedule that includes vacation time and holidays
- A designation of parental decision making authority
- A method for dispute resolution
- A method for reviewing and modifying the custody plan
When you use Custody X Change to create your parenting plan, you don’t have to worry about leaving anything out of your custody arrangements. The software covers all of the common components of a custody order and you are able to add in additional information in case you would like to include anything that is unique to your situation.
The best way to make sure your custody arrangements will be accepted by the court is to create a plan that you and the other parent agree on. When parents are able to agree on their custody arrangements, the court will review their plan to make sure it is acceptable and in the best interest of the child.
Unless your plan is something outrageous or ridiculous, such as a plan that would place the child in harm’s way or mentally scar them, the judge will typically approve it and make it a custody order.
If you are unable to reach an agreement, you can submit proposed custody arrangements to the court but the judge has the power to order any custody arrangements that he or she feels is appropriate.
You can use Custody X Change to prepare your custody arrangements (or proposed custody arrangements) to present to the court. Custody X Change is a great tool you can use to create professional looking, well organized custody documents. Your documents will be sure to impress the judge when you use Custody X Change.
It can be difficult to come to an agreement with your ex regarding the custody of your child but it is not impossible.
The first thing you should do is to set your personal feelings aside and focus on what is best for your child. You child deserves to have both of you in his life and it will be easier for everyone if you can be civil to each other.
It may be easier for you if you approach your custody arrangements in a professional and businesslike manner. Custody X Change can be used to help you negotiate and reach an agreement with the other parent.
In order to do this, you should use the software to create a proposed parenting plan and print out a copy for the other parent to review. Ask the other parent to read the proposed plan and to notate any parts he or she doesn’t agree with and to suggest changes.
Once the other parent has reviewed the plan, consider the changes he or she has requested. If the changes are acceptable to you, you can edit the Custody X Change custody plan to include the revisions. You may also revise the plan to include proposed compromises.
You can then submit your revised plan to the other parent for further review and continue in this manner until you reach an agreement or are unable to progress any further.
When you use Custody X Change to help you negotiate your agreement you help alleviate some of the tension and stress because you are working with the documents instead of each other in person. This makes it easier to focus on your child’s needs.
Mediation is another option you may use to help you reach an agreement. Mediation is voluntary in some states and mandatory in others. Regardless, mediation is an excellent forum to help you resolve your issues.
Let the mediator know what you were able to agree on and what items you still need help with. You should try hard to reach an agreement since anything you are unable to agree on will be decided for you by the judge.
Working together to create your child’s custody arrangements is the best way to ensure your custody plan is a success.