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What if we agree on what happens with our child?

What if we agree on what happens with our child?
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July 15, 2019
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If you and your partner agree on child custody, access, and parenting arrangements, you can put what you've agreed on in a parenting plan or separation agreement. This is a written contract that you and your partner make.

Your agreement can deal with custody and access alone, or can include other things like child support, spousal support, and dividing property.

You don't have to wait until you and your partner agree on everything before making a separation agreement. You can make an agreement on the things you agree on, while working on other issues.

You can make an agreement if you're married or in a common-law relationship.

There are some good reasons to make an agreement:

  • It can be faster, cheaper, and less stressful than going to court.
  • It lets you and your partner decide what works best for you and your family.
  • It lets others involved in your children's care, such as their school, daycare, and doctor, know what you and your partner have agreed to.
  • It's easier to prove what you and your partner agreed on if you have a written rather than a verbal agreement.

You can talk to a lawyer who can give you advice about the rules your agreement needs to follow to make it legal. If you can't afford to hire a lawyer, you may be able to find legal help in other places.

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