The purpose of the custody agreement is to reach an understanding on how to raise and care for the child(ren) with both parents sharing in the responsibilities and maintaining involvement in the day-to-day life of the child. For the custody agreement to work it is essential that both parents be flexible. Every attempt should be made to encourage and respect the relationship of the child and the other parent. Parents should keep in mind that they are getting the divorce, they are not divorcing their children. If parents cannot come to an agreement on custody, then they will need to be prepared for a custody battle.