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Provisions to include in your child custody agreement

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2024 | Child Custody | 0 comments

Creating a comprehensive child custody agreement is crucial for the well-being of your children. In New Jersey, it’s essential to cover all aspects of their lives to ensure smooth co-parenting. It may be helpful to consider some important provisions.

Holiday and special occasion schedules

Clearly define where the children will spend major holidays, birthdays, and special occasions. Alternating holidays annually or splitting the day can help ensure both parents share these important moments.

Summer vacation plans

Outline the plan for handling summer vacations. Specify how many weeks each parent gets and how the exchange of the children will occur. Including details about travel plans and sharing them in advance can prevent conflicts.

School breaks and long weekends

Decide how to handle school breaks and long weekends. Agree on a schedule that works for both parents and the children. This might include alternating breaks or splitting the time equally.

Transportation and exchange logistics

Your custody agreement should also specify how you will transport the children between homes. Detail who will be responsible for pick-ups and drop-offs, and where the exchanges will take place. This clarity helps avoid misunderstandings and reduces stress for everyone involved.

Decision-making responsibilities

Clearly define how you will make decisions regarding the children’s education, health care, and extracurricular activities. Whether you choose joint decision-making or designate specific areas for each parent, having this in writing ensures consistency.

Communication guidelines

Set rules for communication between parents and children when they are with the other parent. This can include phone calls, video chats, and other forms of communication. 

A thoughtful approach to child custody agreements

Creating a detailed child custody agreement can make co-parenting smoother and more predictable.