Fort Worth Uncontested Divorce & Child Custody Agreements
An important part of an uncontested divorce is reaching an agreement on custody and other child care issues
IntroductionUncontested divorce--also known as agreed divorce--relies upon the parties reaching a workable agreement. As a Fort Worth divorce lawyer who frequently helps people with uncontested divorces, I see a lot of what works and what falls apart in these divorces. A huge issue in uncontested divorces in Fort Worth, and really anywhere, is reaching a workable agreement on custody. (Most uncontested divorces lack enough property that it becomes a major issue.) There are a lot of emotional issues in reaching a custody agreement--many for good reasons. It is tough to give up time with the kids. The parents may have meaningful disagreement about what is right for the kids. The parents have their own issues in splitting the marriage; those emotional issues can bleed over. These emotional issues can cloud negotiation of custody issues and produce no agreement, or an agreement that does not best care for the kids. Today's post will address some of the "wrong" mindset and suggest some of the "right" considerations in an uncontested divorce in Fort Worth.
Assuming the current co-parenting relationship will survive after the uncontested divorceOne of the biggest problems I see people face as a divorce lawyer is modeling the custody agreement based upon the way the parents worked as a married couple living in the same home. Often immediately following separation and even the divorce, the parents will continue along the same patterns. However, as they go their own way as single adults their lives and daily routines will change to the new circumstances. Each parent will become a single parent household. How will that affect activities with the children? Tending to the home? Making sure the kids complete homework? How will you juggle the kids' activities schedule with making dinner and other tasks?
This is especially challenging in families where one parent has been responsible for the kids while the other handles making the money. Each parent will have to take on some of the formerly exclusive responsibilities of the other. Will that change available time with the kids? Financial situations? Make work schedules more difficult? These changes can be jarring to both parents.
Once the family law judge grants the divorce, the custody terms are locked into the divorce decree until changed by a new court order. If the parents cannot work out a new informal agreement then they will have to go back to court, and spend a lot of money on attorney's fees, to fight out a new custody arrangement. It's far better to think through these changes during the uncontested divorce, not after.
Hiring an uncontested divorce lawyerOnce you have an agreement on all the core issues in your divorce then you should schedule a consultation with an uncontested divorce lawyer in your area.