Shared Parenting Agreement

Click here for the Model Shared Parenting Agreement (PDF) 11 pages.

Click above link for the full Sample Shared Parenting Agreement. What follows is the first portion of the 11-page Sample Agreement. The following portion is only a small part of the whole, but gives potential users a glimpse of the style of the Agreement.

Note: This is a model agreement.  While CRC stands behind it as a fine standard for shared parenting, we legally cannot take responsiblity for its use or misuse. See our disclaimer. As always, we reiterate that finding a good family attorney or trained and trusted mediator can be invaluable in fine-tuning legal agreements, even ones arrived at outside of the courtroom.

SAMPLE

We, (Mother’s first and last name) and (Father’s first and last name), the parents of (full name(s) of child(ren) enter into this Shared Parenting Agreement  in order to better meet our parental responsibilities and to safeguard our child(ren)’s future development. 

We both recognize that our child(ren) wish to love and respect both of us, regardless of our marital status or our place of residence, and that the welfare of our child(ren) can best be served by our mutual cooperation as parents in shared parenting, and by each of us providing a home in which they are loved and to which they belong. 

We also jointly recognize that court proceedings regarding child(ren) and custody and access matters can be detrimental to child(ren), and we therefore have decided to resolve these questions ourselves, using this Shared Parenting Agreement. 

Finally, we have chosen to avoid the traditional terminology surrounding divorce and child(ren) by using terms that more accurately describe the reorganization of our former family to new homes or dual households.  Accordingly, we wish to instruct our respective attorneys, if necessary, to inform any courts involved in our dissolution that our desires are as follows, regarding the custody and upbringing of our child(ren).
 
  1.  Children:  We hereby accept and identify the parentage, and agree to the surname of the below named child(ren) applicable to this Shared Parenting Agreement as follows:
                 Full Name              Date of Birth              SSN  
  
  2.   Terminology: In order to reaffirm our commitment of raising our child(ren) in a dual- household status, we choose to use the  terms “live with mother” and “live with father” in describing our arrangement, rather than in terms of custody/primary and non-custodial/access as may be defined in other legal documents. ...."
 

Click here for the Model Shared Parenting Agreement (PDF) 11 pages.