Among the concerns parents have when divorcing, the health and emotional wellbeing of their kids tops the list. Typically, both parents want what is best for their children. This is particularly the case when it is time to address child custody.
In Missouri, child custody plans can be quite detailed. This serves to protect the best interests of the children while also enabling parents to address specific issues that often arise during a child’s formative years. Those who are going through a divorce for the first time often have trouble knowing which areas to address.
For best results, consult with a lawyer experienced in helping parents create effective child custody plans. You can get a head start on this part of divorce by considering the inclusion of provisions like the ones below
- How and where custody exchanges will occur
- How to handle custody during holidays
- Choosing health and child care providers
- Deciding how you and your ex will communicate about the kids (email, phone calls, etc.)
- How to handle vacations and summer school breaks
- Making decisions about religion
- Choosing a way to handle any child custody disputes that may arise between you and your co-parent
- Deciding which parent will pay for expenses not covered in the child support order
- Making decisions about visits between grandparents and grandchildren
In the end, you will appreciate how highly detailed child custody agreements help to prevent misunderstandings and unnecessary conflicts in the future. This is good for you and your children. If a time comes when you feel your custody agreement is no longer effective, Missouri law generally allows parents to request a modification to the plan.