Designing A Custody Agreement That Benefits Your Child
You and your estranged spouse may both be committed to raising your children. However, you may struggle to agree on terms for child custody because your parenting styles differ. Contrasting perspectives may make difficult to design a successful custody agreement without professional help.
For over 20 years, Blanton Law Firm, P.A., has helped concerned parents in Rowan County create custody arrangements that truly fosters their child’s best interests. Mary Blanton, our firm’s family law attorney, has focused exclusively on this field of law for more than three decades. In addition, Mary is one of two board-certified family law specialists in North Carolina and is also a certified family financial mediator.
With Mrs. Blanton’s guidance, you can be certain that you will be completely informed about the challenges and benefits that are connected with your custody options. As your lawyer and advocate, Mary Blanton will negotiate for terms that support your child’s needs and protects your parental rights. She also represents parents petitioning for modification and enforcement in North Carolina courts.
Points To Consider When Preparing For Child Custody Negotiations
Although custody arrangements can be revised when circumstances change, this process can be expensive and time-consuming. It is advantageous to include a well-designed agreement in your divorce settlement.
Preparing for your negotiation session is necessary to make the most of your time and avoid possible conflicts. These questions can encourage further discussion, minimize future disputes and stress on your child:
- Will your custody agreement remain private or will it become a court order agreement? Court-ordered agreements are more easily managed and enforced.
- What steps can you take to lessen the impact divorce has on your child? If it is feasible, keeping your child enrolled in the same school and extracurricular activities can help your child’s transition after your divorce.
- Do have a schedule in place for events such as: holidays, school breaks and birthdays?
- Do you have child care arrangements and emergency backups in place if both parents are working?
- How will you handle discipline, diet and visits with extended relatives?
If your child is old enough to identify his or her wishes, your child may be able to talk to the judge directly and influence the terms of the agreement.
While it is not possible to develop a plan for all contingencies, a detailed custody arrangement can be used as a reference when problems arise.