Child Custody Agreements – What Are They & How To Create One?
You may have heard of child custody agreements and how these operate when reaching decisions regarding children. With recent events such as the lockdown – this also put increased strains on child custody agreements and has slightly changed the way that one should approach child custody agreements. If you haven’t read it yet, we highly recommend that you read our blog post on reaching decisions during the recent world crisis. This offers you personalised information regarding custodial agreements as well as other issues relating to family law specifically during recent times.
This article will take these factors into consideration but discusses specific information on reaching a child custody agreement from what these agreements are and how to create one. As always – we highly recommend that you get in touch with a family law solicitor. This ensures that you have the full support of a legal professional who can help support you in making these decisions that are in your children’s best interests. If you are looking for a child custody solicitor in Cardiff then get in touch with a member of our expert team today using an online contact form on our website or call now.
What is a Child Custody Agreement?
If a relationship ends and your relationship involves children (under the age of 18) – arrangements will need to be made as to where the children will live. You will also need to decide on other agreements such as maintenance payments and other considerations such as future education for your children among other agreements. Married partners will have more rights and considerations than a couple that is not married therefore it’s recommended to contact a family law solicitor if you are facing a separation involving children and you are not married.
A child custody agreement can be informal but it’s often useful to have the agreement written down. This effectively can make the agreement legally binding and more importantly – helps a parent that is trying to claim that the other party are not following the agreement and rules. This is vital for payments such as maintenance payments and agreements on where children stay and on what days. An agreement will usually contain details of maintenance payments that need to be made as well as the schedule for when children will be at whichever property. You can also make arrangements on taking children to school as well as arrangements such as who goes where on holiday but this is up to you.
Why Are Child Custody Agreements So Important?
As well as the reasons we have touched upon – custody agreements are key in arranging life after a divorce and providing stability and clarity for your children. There are various ways in which you can approach informing children of a divorce with divorce affecting children in different ways. This may help your children by providing them with some clarity on the uncertainty that they are facing and allow you to put plans into place to support them. Arrangements are always made with the children’s best interests at heart so the main aim to reach agreements that best benefit your children.
Creating a Child Custody Agreement
We suggest that you create a written agreement which clearly sets out all of the conditions of custody including maintenance payments where relevant, where children will stay on what days and arrangements for holidays if needed. If you are finding it difficult to reach decisions then you may wish to consider legal mediation. Should you reach decisions via mediation – you can have your solicitor write up the agreement which can then be made legally binding. You can also create a parenting plan after separation. The parenting plan can be used to create agreements without having to attend court. Contact our team if you require further information regarding parenting plans, mediation or any other issue relating to family law.
If you are looking for a child custody solicitor in Cardiff then get in touch with a member of our expert team today using an online contact form on our website or call now.
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