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Parenting provisions: Supporting parent-child relationships

Parenting provisions are special agreements and special language that parents can include in their child custody agreements. These provisions offer further solidification and clarity as to specific areas of interest of the parents in relation to the way they will be raising their children together.

Parenting provisions are commonly included in child custody agreements, so Maryland parents may want to brush up on the types of provisions they may wish to agree to. In this article, we will look at the inclusion of a provision to solidify how the parents will support a healthy and beneficial child-parent relationship. Parents may wish to include a child-parent relationship provision to ensure that the parents do not complain or badmouth about each other.

  • Here's some language you might want to include in a child-parent relationship provision:
  • The parents will not permit others or themselves to negatively comment about the other parent. Nor will the parents negatively comment about the other parent's current or past relationships, friends or family within earshot of the child.
  • The parents will encourage affection and love among the children in relation to the other parent. Both parents will permit and allow the children to express how much they love the other parent.
  • The parents will not encourage, suggest or demand that the children call another person "dad" or "mom." Nor will they permit another individual to do so.
  • The parents will not unreasonably ask the children about the other parent's activities.
  • The parents will permit the children to have gifts provided by the other parent and will not take give them away or destroy them without first obtaining consent from the other parent.

These reasonable provisions are easily included in a child custody agreement. Parents may want to ask a family law attorney for assistance in determining what kinds of parenting provisions may be appropriate for their situations.

Source: CustodyXChange, "Parenting provisions," accessed Aug. 18, 2017

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