If you are in agreement on all aspects of child support, custody, parenting time, when you finalize your case, you can use standard court forms to write down everything you agree on. There's no need to write up a separate agreement.
Ask the judge to decide
Ask for an order in a hearing
If you aren't able to agree on something - especially child custody and visitation (parenting time) - you can use the Request for Order process to ask for a court date (a hearing) so a judge can make a decision. Before you have a hearing, you and the other parent can meet with a mediator who can help you try to reach an agreement about child custody and visitation.
If you do reach an agreement or if the judge decides at a hearing, you and the other parent can agree to use the agreement or order to finish your case.
Ask for a trial
If there are a lot of complex issues and you'll have many witnesses, you may need a trial. At a trial, a judge can decide all the issues in your case and this will become the final order (judgment).
Each court has its own process for how you need to set a case for trial. When you get the trial date, the court may set other court dates and give you other tasks to complete, like a trial brief. Talk to your Self-Help Center or a lawyer to learn more about how to ask for and prepare for a trial.
You can ask to change a child custody, visitation, or child support order later
You can move forward to finish your case (get a judgment) and change orders later if needed. To ask to change an order, you use the Request for Order process. You'll need to explain what changed since the judge made the last order.
For example, your judgment may have a visitation schedule that works while your child is younger or based on your work schedule. But, as your child gets older or your work schedule changes, you can ask a judge to change the order. Or, if your or the other parent's income changes, you can ask to change child support.