When you are not married to your child’s other parent and the relationship is ending, seeking a paternity agreement helps ensure that everyone—especially the child—is taken care of. A paternity plan is similar to a custody agreement as it contains all of the rules pertaining to the care and parenting of the child, covering issues including:
You’ll also want to consider other items in the contract, such as:
If the parents were living together prior to the end of the relationship and had signed a cohabitation agreement, many of these issues will already be taken care of. It is important to consult a lawyer to make sure that you and your child have your legal rights protected throughout the process.
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