Child Custody Rights and Cohabitation Agreements
A cohabitation agreement may be especially useful in situations where a couple share custody of their children and want to live in the same residence to make it easier on them. With this kind of arrangement, you would not need to transport your kids between different residences, minimizing the disruption to their lives.
You and the other parent could use a cohabitation agreement to establish childcare responsibilities of each of you. For instance, one parent could be generally responsible for transporting the child to and from school, while the other could be responsible for taking the child to any extracurricular activities.
Additionally, a cohabitation agreement could help you and the other parent divide up your childcare expenses. One parent could financially cover any education expenses, such as books or tuition, while the other parent could be responsible for the child’s healthcare costs. An Albany cohabitation agreements lawyer could provide further guidance regarding how you could adapt a cohabitation agreement to your specific childcare situation.
Changing or Altering a Cohabitation Agreement
In some instances, one or both parties may wish to change their cohabitation agreement after the fact. Therefore, both individuals would want their agreement to establish a specific way to alter or adjust any terms.
For example, a cohabitation agreement may stipulate that both parties must agree to any change, and that such a change must be in writing. The agreement may also contain ways for both parties to discuss any potential changes and resolve any differences, such as meeting with a lawyer beforehand.
Even if both individuals are not able to agree to a specific change, an ensuing disagreement does not necessarily need to result in further legal proceedings. A cohabitation agreement could mandate certain dispute resolution mechanisms, such as mediation or arbitration, to resolve any disagreements.