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Decision-making powers can be an area of contention

Parents who are working out child custody agreements have to come to compromises in several areas. One of these is who is going to make decisions for the children. The way that you handle this is up to you, but once it is decided on, there doesn't need to be any deviation. We know that this might be a sensitive topic, but we are here to help you protect your interests during the negotiations.

When you are thinking about this matter, you need to take each category independently. The typical categories that are included are:

  • Health care
  • Education
  • Faith
  • Extracurricular activities

Some parents might have other areas that need to be covered, but these are the four that often come up.

As you think about each category, think about whether you and your ex should work together or if one of you should make the choices alone. If the answer is together, you need to determine how you will make this work.

For some of these categories, such as health care and education, you need to make a plan for emergencies. For example, if one parent is responsible for making health care decisions and the child is injured when they are with the other parent, there must be a plan for what will happen. Will the parent who is currently with the child be able to make emergency decisions, or do they have to wait for the other parent?

It is important that your parenting plan addresses these issues clearly. We are here to help you determine what might work and how to covey the agreement in the paperwork.

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