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What is an agreement?
- There are 2 kinds of agreements.
- A co-parenting agreement is a document created by 2 or more people who plan to be integrally involved in raising a child together.
- A donor agreement is a document created by the woman/women and man/men who plan to conceive and possibly raise a child together.
- These agreements are legally referred to as An Agreement for the Care and Custody of a Minor Child.
These agreements describe in detail:
- the parties’ expectations for each person’s rights, responsibilities, and involvement with the child, in terms of daily care and custody, financial arrangements, and decision-making;
- a specific process for managing any person’s change of heart, mind, or circumstance;
- a specific a process for handling disputes regarding the child,
- a specific plan for the above if the parties break up, choose to live apart, or move out of town;
- a commitment from all parties to behave cooperatively and respectfully with one another in times of upheaval, throughout the child’s life.
There are 3 intended audiences for a co-parenting or donor agreement:
- The first is the parties to the agreement, otherwise known as the parents/co-parents-to-be.
- The second audience is the families and close friends of the parties, which, eventually, includes the child.
- The third is a judge in any conventional probate court of law.
- An Agreement for the Care and Custody of a Minor Child.
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