As with the basic divorce process and the establishment of child support amounts, there are only a few rules when it comes to establishing child support and visitation arrangements in an uncontested divorce.
If the parties agree in writing, almost any kind of child custody and visitation agreement will likely be approved by the court, as long as the custody and visitation agreement is in the best interests of the child.
We place a great deal of emphasis on helping spouses reach their own agreements about how their marriage will end and how the File for divorce will be arranged.
“Even if reaching an agreement with your ex is difficult, it is almost always better for everyone if the parties create their own agreement, rather than giving the control over to a judge to make the decisions. You can do what works best for your family – as long as you both sign the agreement, the judge won’t second-guess you.”
What Does a Standard Custody and Visitation Agreement Look Like?
There are many variations on a standard child custody and visitation agreement, but a basic agreement usually has many items in common. Oklahoma favors joint custody, which means that the child spends nearly equal time at the home of each parent. If one parent moves out of state, for example, that may not be practical. In such cases, the spouses may agree that the noncustodial parent will have additional visitation time over winter holidays or summer vacation.
If parents share custody, then one parent usually gets primary custody with the other parent getting custody every other weekend. Holidays are usually shared or alternated, and arrangements can be made for the child to spend specific birthdays or other holidays with a specific parent.
The agreement may also include visitation rights for other family members besides parents. For example, if the parents want to make sure the children continue to develop relationships with both sets of grandparents, then grandparent visitation arrangements can be specified in the divorce agreement.