Agreement for Shared Custody

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					This agreement is for shared custody of a child or children between parents going
through a divorce. It contains information such as the custody arrangement, visitation
schedule, the right to make decisions regarding the child's medical care and education,
and any child support obligations. This agreement can be customized to fit the specific
needs of the divorcing parents to act in the best interests of their child or children. This
document is useful to parents during a marriage dissolution that agree to shared
custody of their children.
                                AGREEMENT FOR SHARED CUSTODY

      Petitioner, _________ [Instruction: Insert petitioner’s name.], and Respondent
_________ [Instruction: Insert respondent’s name.] are in the process of dissolving their
marriage. In an attempt to provide for the best interest of their minor children, _________
[Instruction: Insert children’s names and ages.] (the “Children”) the parties mutually and
voluntarily enter into the following agreement:

1.     We believe that both of us are fit and proper parents to be awarded legal custody of the
       Children.

or

  1. The parties are both fit and proper persons to have the care, custody and control of the
Children.

[Instruction: Choose one of the above #1, delete inapplicable.]

2.     We agree to advance the welfare and the best interests of the Children. We realize that our
       divorce may be a painful and traumatic event for them. We wish to try to reduce the trauma
       by demonstrating our continuing desire and ability to co-parent. We agree not to undermine
       the respect and affection the Children have for the other parent.

3.     We believe it is in the Children's best interests for us to share the physical and legal
       custody of the Children.

or

   3. Considering the best interests of the Children, we agree to rest the physical and residential
care of the minor children with _________ [Instruction: Specify parent.] with parental access
and parental rights in _________ [Instruction: Specify parent.] as specified in this document.
[Instruction: Choose one of the above #3, delete inapplicable.]

4.     To provide for continuity during the school year, since _________ [Instruction: Specify
       parent.] intends to be living outside of the city limits, the residence of the Children shall
       be with _________ [Instruction: Specify parent.] from one week before the beginning of
       school until one week after school (and for purposes of this Agreement, the determination
       of the beginning and ending dates of the school year shall be that of the school district and
       neither parent shall be deemed to have responsibility or liability for such calendar) has
       terminated. _________ [Instruction: Specify parent.] will have the primary day-to-day
       responsibility for the guidance and upbringing of the Children during the school year.
       [Comment: A sentence should be included stating who will transport Children at
       beginning/end of school year term to the other parent’s house, and who will pay for
       such transportation.]




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5.     The residence of the Children shall be with _________ [Instruction: Specify parent.]
       during the summer months from one week after school is out until one week before school
       begins. _________ [Instruction: Specify parent.] shall have the primary day-to-day
       responsibility for the guidance and upbringing of the Children during that period.

6.     During the time that the Children's residence is with one parent, the other parent shall have
       the Children for one overnight every weekend and during the week as the Children's
       schedules allow. During such overnights which occur during the school year, the parent
       having overnight custody shall be responsible for the guidance and upbringing of the
       Children during that time, including but not limited to, transporting the Children to school
       and any school related events, and assisting with and ensuring completion of homework, as
       applicable.

7.     [Optional: The parties can set forth here the visitation schedule for holidays, including
       federal and religious holidays, children’s and parent’s birthdays, Mother’s and
       Father’s Day. If inserting this, may also want to include the following additional
       sentences: Special days and holidays shall prevail over regular custodial periods.
       With respect to all holidays and special days, including children's birthdays and
       parent's birthdays, the parent having custody of the Children shall make known to
       the other parent a time and telephone number where the Children can be reached for
       telephone communication, and such custodial parent shall not prohibit the non-
       custodial parent from such telephone communication with the Children.]

8.     We both have the right to make major decisions affecting the Children, including but not
       limited to: authorization for major medical or psychiatric care; educational placement; and
       religious training. We each have the right to receive and inspect all school and medical
       records. Both parties agree, upon request, to provide any required or necessary
       documentation stating the rights of both parties to receive such information. The parent
       having residential custody shall be responsible for taking the Children to any regularly
       scheduled medical or dental appointments and for handling any medical and dental
       emergencies. In an emergency situation, the permissions of both parents are unnecessary.
       Both parties agree to provide any required or necessary documentation stating the rights of
       both parties to receive such information. [Comment: Parties should consider, with
       respect to the foregoing what will happen, in the event one party wishes a child to
       have additional/alternative care (including psychiatric) and should state, in such
       event, who shall pay for such care, and who shall be responsible for transportation to
       and from same. Also, with respect to religious and educational matters, who shall
       pay for same and transport the child to and from same, and if there is a disagreement,
       what method will be used to settle such disagreement. ]

or

   7. We agree to consult each other frequently by telephone, in person or by correspondence to
mutually agree as to the general heal
				
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Description: This agreement is for shared custody of a child or children between parents going through a divorce. It contains information such as the custody arrangement, visitation schedule, the right to make decisions regarding the child's medical care and education, and any child support obligations. This agreement can be customized to fit the specific needs of the divorcing parents to act in the best interests of their child or children. This document is useful to parents during a marriage dissolution that agree to shared custody of their children.