Co-Parenting Contract

Clients Rate Lawyers on our Platform 4.9/5 Stars
based on 5,720 reviews

Jump to Section

Need help with a Co-Parenting Contract?

Post Project Now

Post Your Project (It's Free)

Get Bids to Compare

 Hire Your Lawyer

A co-parenting contract is a documented arrangement between co-parents that summarizes the expectations, obligations, and procedures for raising their children. In addition, the contract can cover different issues, including financial arrangements, parenting schedules, decision-making procedures, communication strategies, and dispute resolution tools. Moreover, the co-parents can agree with the help of a mediator or family law attorney. And it is essential to note that a co-parenting contract is not lawfully binding but can be used as proof in tribunal proceedings if needed.

Key Aspects of Co-Parenting

Co-parenting is a parenting arrangement in which two unmarried lawful guardians are accountable for raising a kid. It can happen due to a divorce, mutual separation, dating, or platonic partnership. In addition, the principal objective of co-parenting is to offer a healthy environment for the child, which concerns regular interaction and collaboration between the parents.

While parenting and co-parenting may seem interchangeable, they have substantial differences. In co-parenting, both parties must create an exhaustive plan that handles child-rearing aspects, including transportation, healthcare, and moral upbringing. Furthermore, both partners must fully commit to raising the kid to ensure that co-parenting runs seamlessly. Moreover, it is necessary to note that co-parenting may not be appropriate for everyone, but it can positively affect the child when done correctly.

Essential Elements of a Co-Parenting Contract

Co-parenting can be complicated, but a well-drafted co-parenting contract can help parents navigate the challenges and ensure the best outcomes for their children. The following are essential elements that should be included in a co-parenting contract:

  • Parenting Schedules: The co-parenting schedule is a critical contract component, specifying details about physical custody, visitation, and holidays. It should be flexible to accommodate changes in parents' schedules while providing consistency and stability for the children.
  • Communication: Communication is vital for successful co-parenting, and the contract should define the preferred method of communication, including phone calls, email, or a shared calendar. It should also set guidelines for response times and tone of communication.
  • Decision-Making: Co-parents should agree on how major decisions regarding their children will be made, such as medical treatment, education, and religion. The contract should establish the decision-making process, including who has final authority if the co-parents cannot agree.
  • Dispute Resolution: Disagreements are inevitable, and the contract should provide a process for resolving disputes, such as mediation or arbitration, and implementing any decisions made. With a well-written co-parenting contract, parents can navigate the challenges of co-parenting and provide the best possible outcomes for their children.
  • Finances: Child support, medical expenses, and other child-related costs should be addressed in the contract. It should specify who pays for what, how payments are made, and the consequences of missed payments.
Meet some lawyers on our platform

Erik D.

20 projects on CC
View Profile

Ryenne S.

274 projects on CC
View Profile

Bryan B.

147 projects on CC
View Profile

Domonick G.

5 projects on CC
View Profile

Types of Co-Parenting Agreements

Co-parenting agreements come in various types, each with distinct benefits and drawbacks. The four types of co-parenting agreements are as follows:

  • Traditional Co-Parenting Agreement

    The most common type of co-parenting agreement is the traditional one. This agreement involves two parents who share physical and legal custody of the child. The agreement specifies the rights and responsibilities of each parent, including visitation schedules, decision-making authority, and financial obligations.

    The traditional co-parenting agreement may incorporate holiday and vacation plans, medical decision-making, and child support payments. Furthermore, effective communication and cooperation between both parents are essential for this type of agreement to be successful.

  • Birdnesting Co-Parenting Agreement

    A birdnesting co-parenting agreement allows the child to stay in one home, and the parents rotate in and out of the house according to a predetermined schedule. This agreement aims to minimize disruptions in the child's life by providing them with a stable living environment and allowing them to maintain consistent relationships with both parents.

    In addition, parents must work together under a birdnesting co-parenting agreement to maintain the household and meet the child's needs. This agreement requires a high level of cooperation and communication between the parents, as they will be sharing a living space and must agree on household rules and responsibilities.

  • Parallel Co-Parenting Agreement

    A parallel co-parenting agreement is a more restrictive type suitable for high-conflict situations where parents cannot communicate effectively. This agreement allows for limited contact between the parents while prioritizing minimizing conflicts and maximizing cooperation.

    Under a parallel co-parenting agreement, each parent has physical custody of the child during their parenting time and makes independent decisions regarding the child's daily needs without consulting the other parent. This agreement is suitable when one parent has a history of addiction, abuse, or mental health issues, making co-parenting challenging.

  • Cooperative Co-Parenting Agreement

    A cooperative co-parenting agreement concerns parents working together to decide their child's upbringing. This agreement emphasizes compromise, open communication, and cooperation to meet the child's requirements.

    Under a cooperative co-parenting agreement, parents share physical and legal custody of the child and make joint decisions regarding the child's education, medical care, and extracurricular activities. This type of agreement requires a high level of parental cooperation and communication. Still, it can effectively provide the child with a stable and loving environment.

Key Terms for Co-Parenting Agreements

  • Decision-Making: A provision summarizing how decisions will be made about the kid's welfare, such as health care, education, and religious upbringing.
  • Dispute Resolution: A provision that outlines how disputes between co-parents will be resolved, such as through mediation or arbitration.
  • Parenting Schedule: A schedule that outlines when each parent will have physical custody of the child.
  • Communication Plan: A provision that outlines how co-parents communicate with each other regarding the child, such as through email or a shared calendar.
  • Confidentiality: A provision that outlines how sensitive information about the child or the co-parents will be handled, such as with a confidentiality agreement.
  • Financial Support: A provision that outlines how financial responsibilities will be divided between the co-parents, such as child support and medical expenses.
  • Parenting Classes: A provision that requires the co-parents to attend parenting classes to learn effective co-parenting strategies and techniques.
  • Financial Support: A provision that outlines how financial responsibilities will be divided between the co-parents, such as child support and medical expenses.
  • Termination: A provision summarizing how the co-parenting agreement can be terminated, such as through a court order or mutual agreement.
  • Modification: A condition describing how the co-parenting agreement can be changed, such as through a tribunal order or joint accord.

Final Thoughts on Co-Parenting Agreements

Drafting a co-parenting contract can be emotionally challenging and time-consuming, but it can eventually lead to a more successful co-parenting association. A well-drafted co-parenting contract can define and structure the co-parenting association, allowing both parents to concentrate on their children's requirements and best interests.

Nevertheless, it is essential to note that a co-parenting agreement is not a one-time document but should be reviewed and revised as required. As the children grow and circumstances change, the co-parenting contract should be adapted to reflect these modifications. Hence it might not be wrong to say that a co-parenting contract can be an influential tool for co-parents to establish clear boundaries, expectations, and obligations for raising their kids.

If you want free pricing proposals from vetted lawyers that are 60% less than typical law firms, Click here to get started. By comparing multiple proposals for free, you can save the time and stress of finding a quality lawyer for your business needs.

How ContractsCounsel Works
Hiring a lawyer on ContractsCounsel is easy, transparent and affordable.
1. Post a Free Project
Complete our 4-step process to provide info on what you need done.
2. Get Bids to Review
Receive flat-fee bids from lawyers in our marketplace to compare.
3. Start Your Project
Securely pay to start working with the lawyer you select.

Meet some of our Co-Parenting Contract Lawyers

Craig Y. on ContractsCounsel
View Craig
5.0 (3)
Member Since:
February 8, 2022

Craig Y.

Free Consultation
New York
27 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NY
New England Law - Boston

Craig E. Yaris is a partner at Parlatore Law Group, with the experience and drive to handle all your Franchise, General Business Practice, and Mediation needs. As a former small business owner and Chief Operating Officer of a franchisor himself, Mr. Yaris is passionate about promoting business growth. He has experience handling daily operations, employee disputes, and negotiations of pertinent contracts for a franchise company with 100 locations in five states, where he organized and conducted semi- annual meetings to educate and inform franchisees of best practices for improved growth. In addition, Mr. Yaris was responsible for the preparation and filing of the UFOC (Uniform Franchise Offering Circular) in several states and is well-versed in business formation. Between his time as Franchisor and Conflict Resolution Specialist, Mr. Yaris was the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of an online company whose goal was to help inform marketers and business owners of the fast-paced and ongoing changes within their specific verticals. This experience helped him hone his research and writing skills and prepared him for the cloud-based aspects of Parlatore Law Group. Mr. Yaris also has extensive experience in public speaking, as he has planned and delivered several keynote addresses and educational seminars for many New York-based organizations, and as a Continuing Education Instructor for Hofstra University. Prior to joining Parlatore Law Group, Mr. Yaris worked as a Patient Advocate, and more recently, a Conflict Resolution Specialist, where he mediated and resolved disputes on behalf of patients with insurance companies. In this role, he negotiated for coverage of previously denied medications and medical procedures as well as successfully mediated disputes between individuals and business partners which would have otherwise resulted in protracted litigation. In addition, he has experience mediating employer and employee disputes as well as helping resolve family conflict. He has also studied and attended many Non-Violent Communication (NVC) workshops and strives to bring these tools and methods to all of his mediations. His variety of experiences speak to his ability to handle small business needs at all stages of business growth and development. Mr. Yaris also has experience with business growth and development, as he has worked with several small business on creating and implementing strategies for steady growth. In addition, to spending time with family, Mr. Yaris volunteers his time helping spread the message of the ACLU and he supports many local charities focused on families and children. He is admitted to practice in New York.

Nicholas V. on ContractsCounsel
View Nicholas
5.0 (12)
Member Since:
February 28, 2022

Nicholas V.

Free Consultation
Denver, CO
5 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CO, NY, TX
Texas A&M University School of Law

I am a solo practitioner with offices in Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas with a focus on general business and real estate contracts.

Kelvin R. on ContractsCounsel
View Kelvin
4.8 (9)
Member Since:
February 25, 2022
Antoine D. on ContractsCounsel
View Antoine
Member Since:
February 7, 2022

Antoine D.

Free Consultation
Fort Lauderdale
7 Yrs Experience
Licensed in FL
Howard University School of Law

In his firm, Talented Tenth Law, Antoine focuses on helping people maximize their protection and prosperity in the courtroom and the boardroom. His firm’s services include representing people in lawsuits involving breach of contract, many types of civil lawsuits and helping business owners win government contracts among other things.

Tom L. on ContractsCounsel
View Tom
Member Since:
February 7, 2022

Tom L.

Managing Member
Free Consultation
16 Yrs Experience
Licensed in TX
Louisiana State University Law Center

Tom is a former chief legal officer of public and private companies. He has extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions, commercial transactions, joint ventures, finance, securities laws and general corporate law across a broad range of industries, including construction, consumer products, e-commerce, energy and healthcare. As an attorney who practiced at two different Top 50 international law firms, he can deliver "Big Law" service at a competitive price. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tom served as an officer in the U.S. Army and attained the rank of Captain. He served a tour in Iraq where he led a reconnaissance platoon and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

Amy P. on ContractsCounsel
View Amy
Member Since:
February 9, 2022

Amy P.

Principal Attorney
Free Consultation
Edmonds, WA
19 Yrs Experience
Licensed in WA
The University of Montana School of Law

Amy has served as outside general counsel and litigator to established businesses throughout western Washington since 2010. Her passion and focus is providing the best possible representation for clients in the construction, transportation and hospitality industries.

Jacob O. on ContractsCounsel
View Jacob
Member Since:
February 14, 2022

Jacob O.

Contracts Manager
Free Consultation
Iowa City
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in MO
University of Iowa - Law

I am bar certified in the lovely state of Missouri. I received my J.D. from The University of Iowa College of Law (2019) and my B.A. in Political Science from BYU-Idaho (2015).

Find the best lawyer for your project

Browse Lawyers Now

Want to speak to someone?

Get in touch below and we will schedule a time to connect!

Request a call

Find lawyers and attorneys by city