Massachusetts moviegoers and TV viewers probably noticed that it appears that some celebrity couples who have kids are taking steps to make sure that their divorces do not interfere with their parenting responsibilities. The latest couple to join this movement is Chris Pratt and Anna Faris. The pair actually made specific agreements regarding their son in their child custody agreement.
For instance, Pratt and Faris agreed to remain living within five miles of each other for a period of time in the near future. Once their son finishes the sixth grade, they are free to move. However, if one of them decides that a move is needed prior to that, the party who wants to move must give the other three months’ advance notice.
Other rules apply as well. If either party wants to take their son out of the country, he or she must give the other parent at least 30 days’ notice. Leaving the state, but remaining in the country, only requires reasonable notice.
Not defining what “reasonable” means could present issues at some point, but for now, the couple seems happy with their decisions. This arrangement may work well for Pratt and Faris since they did not divorce due to other entanglements during the marriage. Their career choices seem to have led to the end of their marriage.
For Massachusetts couples who feel as Pratt and Faris do, making certain agreements regarding child custody that allow them to remain as much a family as possible may seem attractive. Before committing to a particular arrangement, it would probably be useful to fully understand the ramifications of any choices made. Furthermore, each party should understand his or her rights as a parent and know what other arrangements are available that could also work.