The more details you pin down in your divorce agreement and child custody plan, the less likely you'll be to experience confusion or disagreement in the future.
One way of creating more clarity in your child custody agreements and parenting plans is through the use of parenting provisions. These are statements that you and your ex-spouse agree to regarding various aspects of your child custody agreement. That said, you definitely want to make sure that your parenting provisions are a good balance of clarity and flexibility.
Parenting provisions for traveling in the United States
The following statements are excellent points of agreement that parents can put in their custody plans regarding in-country travel:
- Parents must provide seven days of notice prior to traveling. The traveling parent must also provide copies of the round trip plane tickets, the itinerary and contact information for all travel points.
- Inside the U.S. travel is permissible during scheduled parenting times.
- If one parent desires extended travel time beyond scheduled parenting times, the other parent must agree to it.
Parenting provisions for traveling out of the country
The following sentences can be useful to include as they pertain to out-of-country travel:
- Parents can leave the country with their children as long as they offer 14 days of notice. Parents must also provide the other parent with a travel itinerary, telephone contact information and other pertinent information regarding the trip.
- Parents will ask permission before applying to receive a passport.
- Parents will keep the child's passport in a safety deposit box under court seal.
Make sure post divorce life is as stress-free as possible
When parents have not created clear parenting provisions, there is additional opportunity for confusion and disagreements between exes. That said, parenting provisions that are too strict can also create opportunities for discord.
The more you know about parenting provisions, the better able you'll be at selecting and drafting provisions that balance the need for strict clarity and the need for some degree of flexibility while raising your child.