If you meet with an experienced Houston child custody attorney, you will learn that spouses commonly face the following questions and issues when negotiating parenting agreements:
Issue 1: Residence and Visitation. For most spouses, deciding where the children will live and how much time each parent will have with the children is the hardest issue to resolve during their divorce proceedings. If making a permanent decision is too hard at this stage of the divorce negotiations, the parties may want to decide the issue on a temporary basis.
Issue 2: Time Sharing. This involves questions about restrictions on or arrangements for phone calls, texts, or emails when the parent is not at home. How will the children be transferred from one location to another? Will anyone besides you and your spouse be permitted to transport the children? Will you call each other first when a sitter is needed?
Issue 3: Birthdays and Holidays. Some questions here include where will the children be on important dates? Will they have two birthday celebrations? Will you accommodate the other spouse’s birthday? Will important dates are split in half, or will full days be alternated each year? How will long school vacations be handled?
EDUCATION AND HEALTH
Issue 4: School. Will you and your spouse present a united front regarding the children’s homework, test results, study hours and distractions, tutoring, and the like? What efforts will you make on college planning and funding? Will any religious training be required or encouraged?
Issue 5: Medical Care. Who will make decisions regarding medical, dental, and vision care? Will you share information on every bruise and cold, or only major accidents and illnesses? Who will handle the regular checkups?
Issue 6: Consistency of Household to Household. Here, many issues arise. Some of them include: Do you want restrictions on watching TV on school nights? Regular study hours? Limited sweets and snacks? No negative comments by the children about the other spouse? Relationships with certain friends discouraged? Other activities encouraged?
Other questions that vary household to household will arise, but if your parenting agreement answers the above questions and both parents try to adhere to the agreement, many issues will be avoided. And the less you argue with your former spouse, the better life for the children will be.
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