Building a Parenting Agreement That Works

Building a Parenting Agreement That Works

Child Custody Agreements Step by Step

Mimi Lee


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A fair and realistic custody agreement protects children’s interests when parents split up. But reaching a parenting agreement is often easier said than done, especially when emotions run high. That’s where Building a Parenting Agreement That Works can help. This practical, step-by-step guide will show parents exactly how to create a parenting plan that works for everyone.

Author Mimi Lyster Zemmelman, a professional mediator, identifies dozens of issues separated parents typically face and systematically presents options to resolve them. Take advantage of practical solutions and sample language to create a workable agreement or renegotiate an existing agreement as your kids grow.

The book walks you through all of the parenting issues and challenges you must consider, including:

  • living arrangements and visitation
  • money issues
  • health care
  • education
  • religion
  • new partners and surnames
  • holidays, travel, and grandparent visits
  • different approaches to discipline and public health measures
  • alcohol and drug use, and
  • working with professionals.

Avoid child custody battles—build a win-win custody agreement that puts your children’s needs first and saves you time, money, and grief.


Mimi Lee:
Mimi Lee has been active in dispute resolution and other facilitated decision-making processes for 25 years. She brings experiences as a mediator, trainer, facilitator, strategic planner, and court policy analyst to her work with families, businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations. Lee has co-founded a community mediation program, served on the California Dispute Resolution Council, the State Bar's Committee and was appointed to the 2020 California Court futures Commission.