- Who has decision making responsibility (also known as legal custody)?
- Who has residential responsibility and when? In other words, design a base parenting schedule (also known as physical custody).
- When can the base schedule be changed? For example including a holiday and vacation schedule.
- Are there any necessary agreements around communication?
- Are there any limitations or notification requirements related to travel with the children?
- How and when can the schedule be changed?
- What other events require notification (such as illness of a child)?
- What is your plan for dealing with disagreements?
- Introduction of children to new significant others;
- International travel and passports;
- Preventative or elective medical or dental care, immunizations, and body modifications;
- Children's use of technology;
- Use of children's images;
- Religious education
- Disciplinary differences;
- Safety provisions related to activities of children;
- Defining the potential guardians of the children if both parents are deceased or incapacitated; and
- A safety plan for parenting time if either parent has a history of abuse, substance abuse, or other condition that endangers the health or safety of the children.
- Introducing new Significant Others to Children (and other difficult agreements to discuss);
- The Intersection of Technology and Parenting Plans.
This is the second article in our series on Divorce Agreement drafting.
For the last article click here: What is the difference between a Memorandum of Understanding and a Divorce Agreement?
Check back for our next article: Introducing new Significant Others to Children (and other difficult agreements to discuss)
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We hope you find these resources useful. While our focus is on Massachusetts agreements, many of these tips will apply in other states as well.