You and your ex-spouse put the finishing touches on your child custody agreement recently, but did you forget anything? Do you have the right of first refusal included in the document?
With insight from Our Family Wizard, learn how to divide parenting time fairly. You deserve to spend as much time as possible with your shared children.
Breaking down the right of first refusal
With the right of first refusal, divorced parents must offer each other the first chance to look after their shared children before calling a relative, friend or babysitter. No matter if parents make plans to leave their child in another’s care or an emergency crops up, the right of first refusal applies in both situations. Only after the other parent declines to look after the child may a parent make alternate childcare arrangements with a regular caretaker, neighbor or family member.
Benefits and disadvantages of the right of first refusal
By including the right of first refusal in your child custody plan, you allow yourself to spend more time with your shared children. The right also helps parents learn more about the individuals taking care of their kids. You may also find that the measure improves communication between yourself and your ex and makes your life more convenient when the unexpected crops up.
The right of first refusal does not mesh well with every child custody arrangement. For instance, if you and the other parent already struggle to communicate adequately, consistently or easily, implementing the measure may prove more harmful than helpful.
Know all your rights regarding child custody. The right knowledge may benefit you and your son or daughter.