Many states require not only a custody agreement, but also a Parenting Agreement, created and approved by the parents and the court. Here are some things you should make sure to consider when creating a parenting plan:

Cooperation is Key
While the other parent may no longer be your partner in life, they are still your partner in parenting and raising your children, like it or not. Try to untangle your parenting issues from your couple issues and focus on what is best for the child involved. Remind yourself and the other parent that this is time to focus on the child and showing your commitment to he or she, not working on your own issues.

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Whether you are meeting with a state evaluator or answering questions in a court setting, it is a sure thing that you will be asked very specific questions about your child in an effort to determine how ingrained you are within their lives. Ensure that you can answer the following questions without hesitation:

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In March of 2008 authorities in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada took two children into custody after one of the children came to school with neo-Nazi symbols drawn on her body.

The children, ages 8 and 3 had been living with their mother and her new husband before they were taken into custody. When Manitoba Child and Family Services case workers went to the families apartment they found neo-Nazi symbols and flags displayed on the walls.

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When a court is deciding what is in the best interest of the child, the criminal records of both parents (or guardians) is taken into account. This will include any adults living with those parents. It is very important to have all of the facts before going to trial or mediation. In many cases, criminal records, police reports, trial dockets, registers of action and reports from calls for service can be examined by anyone and can be a good way to determine what issues may be present within the home.

When putting a case together to bring before a court in an effort to either gain or keep custody, not only does the petitioner have to show cause, and often a change in circumstances, but they should be able to prove these claims with compelling evidence.  The following types of reports will help.

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We have put together a worksheet to use when you are running your background checks on the other parent/guardian and all of their friends or people that live with them. The worksheet takes information about the people that you want to investigate and puts it into a couple of different formats that you can use to request Call for Service reports or Police/Criminal records. The information that you get back can be key to helping you put together a motion for gaining custody or help you keep custody.

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May 8, 2009 · 1 comment

Hello and welcome to CustodyFacts.org. Our goal here is simple and that is to give the best advice, news and information that is available with regards to child custody, how the best interests of the child are determined and insight from not only our experiences, but the experiences of our readers as well.

Keep an eye out for tools, news and information in the coming weeks. We appreciate it.

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