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What is an agreed parenting plan?

You may find that during child custody proceedings in San Antonio, the court may care little about the tension between you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse, and instead focus on what it believes to be best for your children. Thus, it might be more advantageous for you to work with your ex to create an agreed parenting plan. What is this? It is a method by which the two of you can retain control over your child custody arrangement.

The purpose of an agreed parenting plan is to allow you and your former spouse come to an amicable agreement regarding the custody of your children. In it, you address custody issues such as where your kids will live at what times during the year, and how visitation will be handled during those times they are not in your possession. You are also expected to set up a schedule outlining where the children will spend holidays, as well as the circumstances in which you may take them out of the city, state or country on vacation. Other items that should also be addressed in your agreed parenting plan include the process of making decisions regarding:

  •          Healthcare
  •          Education
  •          Extracurricular activities
  •          Religious upbringing

One important element that shouldn’t be overlooked in your plan are alternatives that the court may consider if it does not believe your original proposal to be best for your kids. According to the Texas Family Code, if the court finds the original or alternative proposals in your plan to be acceptable, it shall render its judgement accordingly. If your plan is accepted, it is enforced just as the court would its own judgment. The court may also choose to create its own plan if you and your ex are unable to agree on any revisions it requests. 

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