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					A child custody and visitation agreement is an agreement between two parents
illustrating possible ways to share custody of their children following a divorce or
separation. The agreement below describes a particular arrangement wherein one
parent (the “Custodian”) has the sole physical custody to the child and has joint legal
custody with the other parent (the “Non-Custodial Parent”). Physical Custody means
that a parent has the right to have a child live with him or her. Legal custody of a child
means having the right and the obligation to make decisions about a child's upbringing.
Further, one parent can have either sole legal custody or sole physical custody of a
child, or there can be a joint custody arrangement.
        CHILD CUSTODY AND VISITATION AGREEMENT


This Agreement has been entered into between ___________________________ ("Custodian")
and ________________________________________ ("Non-Custodial Parent") hereinafter
referred to as “Party” individually or “Parties” collectively as of this _____ day of
____________, 20____.



BACKGROUND

Custodian and Non-Custodial Parent desire to establish an arrangement to share custody of their
child following their divorce. Parties hereby agree that Custodian shall have the sole physical
custody of ________________________________________ ("Child"), and both parents shall
have a joint legal custody of the child in relation to the major decisions concerning the Child.
Further, Non-Custodial Parent shall have visitation rights as described herein.

1. Custodian shall be the primary residential parent of the Child.

2. Non-Custodial Parent shall have the right to visit the Child once each week, on either of the
   following days, between the following hours, respectively: (A) on ______________ [day of
   the week] between _________________ [starting hour] and ______________ [ending
   hour] or ______________ [alternate starting hour] and ______________ [alternate
   ending hour]; or (B) on ______________ [day of the week] between _________________
   [starting hour] and ______________ [ending hour] or ______________ [alternate
   starting hour] and ______________ [alternate ending hour]. Further, the Parties agree to
   the following “Visitation Schedule” attached hereto. [Comment: the user can choose any
   timeframe the user wants].

3. Parties agree that the Non-Custodial Parent will notify the Custodian on or before
   ___________________________ [day of the week and time of day] whether the Non-
   Custodial Parent intends to visit the Child and on which of the designated days and times.
   Should any day or hour selected causes inconvenience, the Custodian will notify the Non-
   Custodial Parent no later than ___________________________ [day of the week and time
   of day], and the Non-Custodial Parent shall be permitted to visit the Child the alternate day
   or during the alternate hours.



4. Both Parties agree, that the Non-Custodial Parent shall have the right to converse at least ___
   [Three (3)] [Comment: this number is not provided for by law, but can be any number
   the user chooses] times a week on the telephone with the Child without interference from
   the Custodian.

5. Parties agree that Parties shall alternate custody of the children on each of the children's
   birthdays, parent's birthdays, New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Easter
   Sunday. Parties shall split custody of the children on Christmas Day. [Comment: optional]


6. The natural mother shall have custody of the children on Mother's Day and that the natural
   father shall have custody of Father's Day. [Comment: optional]

7. Non-Custodial Parent shall have the right to receive full and complete information and copies
   of reports from any physician, dentist, consultant or specialist attending to the children's
   physical or mental needs for any reason whatsoever. The Custodian shall promptly inform
   the Non-Custodial Parent in the event of illness of the Child. The word "illness" shall be
   mean any illness, other than any illness from which the Child is now suffering, which shall
   confine the Child to bed for more than two days.

8. On all matters of importance relating to the Child's 
				
DOCUMENT INFO
Description: A child custody and visitation agreement is an agreement between two parents illustrating possible ways to share custody of their children following a divorce or separation. The agreement below describes a particular arrangement wherein one parent (the “Custodian”) has the sole physical custody to the child and has joint legal custody with the other parent (the “Non-Custodial Parent”). Physical Custody means that a parent has the right to have a child live with him or her. Legal custody of a child means having the right and the obligation to make decisions about a child's upbringing. Further, one parent can have either sole legal custody or sole physical custody of a child, or there can be a joint custody arrangement.
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