In Vermont, child custody agreements are called Parental Rights & Responsibilities (PR&R) orders. You can always consult an attorney if you have questions about child custody related issues.
Here are some basic things you’ll want to consider, prior to entering into a PR&R agreement.
- Such an agreement can alleviate stress and create a predictable schedule and routine for you and your child.
- The Court will require evidence to make its decision about child custody issues including parental rights and responsibilities. This evidence could include your testimony about what you want to happen, as well as information about your relationship with your child and current living situation. You will also need to provide information related to your financial situation to care for the child.
- Physical living arrangements
- Parent child contact
- Education of the child
- Medical, dental, and health care
- Travel arrangements
- Procedures of communicating about the child’s welfare
- Procedures for resolving disputes (either mediation and binding arbitration, or filing a motion with the court)
- This standard is meant to keep most of the issues outside the courtroom and between the parents to work out. It is also why, as stated in #4 above, most issues about the child’s situation will be worked out and included in any PR&R order.
If you have any questions about what is best for you and your child, schedule a free consultation with us.