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It took a great deal of thought, but you and your current spouse have decided to end your married life together in Kentucky. You worry about how your shared children will take the news.

Do you know what information the two of you need to include in the child custody agreement? Verywell Family has several pointers to reduce confusion and help you do what is best for your kids and this new chapter in everyone’s life.

Custody specifics

Are you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse going to share joint custody, or do you feel sole custody is better? On the agreement, note whichever you choose, as well as how the two of you plan on handling physical and legal custody.

Additional considerations

Give a breakdown of your parenting and visitation schedule, making sure you note school holidays, vacations and weekends. If you like, you can also include a school drop-off and pick-up schedule.

You may have certain religious beliefs you would like to pass on to your children, or at least introduce to your kids. Or perhaps you and your current spouse need to decide on the kind of education your children receive. What about medical and healthcare decisions? Are there any details to iron out there?

Handling conflict

Despite your best efforts, you and the other parent may have trouble coming to an agreement or compromise to everything that needs to go into your agreement. If so, consider mediation, where a neutral third party helps you iron things out. This option can save everyone a great deal of time and frustration.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.