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What is a Parenting Agreement?

When parents split up, they’re left to decide on a parenting plan. A parenting agreement is a legally binding agreement between two parents that addresses how a child will be raised. It outlines the goals and rules regarding how the two parties will co-parent. Want to learn more about parenting agreements? Keep reading. 

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Why Are They Important?

Parenting agreements help parents raise their children efficiently. It’s a guide that allows parties to outline important aspects of their parenting responsibilities and their child’s life. While parenting agreements are not required in some circumstances, it’s always a good idea to create one to ensure coherent co-parenting. If one party violates the agreement, there can be legal consequences. 

What it Includes

Parenting agreements address several issues. Ultimately, it’s up to the parents to decide what will be included in the agreement. In general, the best parenting agreement addresses things such as:

  • Discipline 
  • Education
  • Custody agreement
  • Visitation
  • Transportation
  • Child support
  • … and more

While every parenting agreement will look different, every plan should include things that will allow for amicable co-parenting. 

Who Should Consider a Co-Parenting Agreement?

There are many instances where parenting agreements should be considered. If you and your spouse had children together and are now separating or getting divorced, you should consider a parenting agreement. It will allow you two to parent effectively and avoid nasty custody battles in court. 

Other instances where parents should consider filing a legal parenting agreement include:

  • LGBTQ+ relationships
  • Separated or divorced step-parents
  • Gay and Lesbian couples and their donor
  • Platonic co-parenting 

How Do You Create a Parenting Agreement?

Maryland has a tool for parents to use to create a parenting plan. The Maryland Parenting Plan Tool (CC-DR-109) allows parents to sit down and fill out the form together in order to formulate a comprehensive plan. If the parties cannot agree on all aspects of the plan, they then can fill out the Parties Concerning Decision-Making Authority and Parenting Time (CC-DR-110). The courts will then help complete the agreement. 

Need Help Making a Parenting Agreement?

Agreeing on a parenting agreement can be hard. That’s why Zhanna A. Maydanich of ZM Law Group is here to help. We’ll help you and your spouse create a comprehensive plan that best serves the needs of your children. If you and your co-parent are having difficulty agreeing, we’ll effectively present your case to the court. 

Click here now to schedule an appointment and get started on your parenting agreement. 

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