Not only will divorce change your life in a number of ways, but it can also impact your relationship with your children. This is why it's so important to create a parenting agreement that you can rely on after your divorce.
With a comprehensive parenting agreement in place, both you and your ex will have a clear idea of what you can and can't do in regards to raising your children. For example, the agreement will outline which parent has physical custody of the children. It also outlines a visitation schedule for the noncustodial parent.
While you and the other parent have the ability to hash out all the details of the parenting agreement, such as in mediation, it still requires the final approval of a family law judge.
Is a court appearance required?
It's not always required, but the judge may request that you attend an informal hearing. This gives them the opportunity to ask questions, make sure both parties understand the agreement and ensure that neither of you was forced into signing it.
As long as the judge is okay with the terms and conditions of the agreement, it'll receive court approval and go into effect immediately.
It's your hope that the parenting agreement you create during your divorce will keep both you and your ex on track in the future.
If something goes wrong, such as your ex continually violating the parenting agreement, learn more about your legal rights and the steps you can take to regain order. Don't look the other way, as doing so could affect your relationship with your children.