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Allowance Contract

Terms and Conditions regarding the receipt of Allowance

1. PURPOSE.  This document certifies that Child will receive an Allowance on the condition that the below duties are performed and substantial compliance with this contract is had.

2. DUTIES.  In addition to regular daily expectations of picking up after oneself, keeping room clean, and the personal responsibility and respect that accompanies the benefits of already provided of food, shelter, and clothing, child shall be specifically responsible to the following:

A. Dishes.  Washing daily dishes including all dirty dishes that result from breakfast, lunch, dinner or any other similar meal or use. Except on rare occasion and by agreement with parents, dishes are not to sit dirty overnight. Dishes responsibility includes loading and unloading the dishwasher and putting away clean dishes.

B. Garbage.  Child is responsible for emptying garbage cans and receptacles throughout the entire house.  This includes replacing bags in the garbage cans. It is important that child handles this obligation with no prodding or reminders from parents. Child may utilize any reminders or notes necessary, including the alarms and reminder settings on child’s own phone.  When a garbage bin is at least 65% full, child may empty them.

C. Laundry.  Child is responsible for putting away clothes and keeping clothes in locations in which they are intended to reside. These locations are limited to child’s room, drawers, and closet. Jackets, boots, winter and outside gear shall be neatly organized in the entry rooms, out of the way of foot traffic. Clothes shall never be on any floor. Child is responsible for preparing clothes for the laundry, and putting them away within 1 hour from being advised that the clothes are cleaned and ready.

3. AMOUNT and RATE. The allowance will be in the amount and rate of ___________________________ paid weekly on Saturday or Sunday by cash or check.  No late fees, interest or other penalties shall accrue on late payment.

4. USE RESTRICTIONS.  Limitations and guidelines apply to use of allowance funds. Child agrees to take over responsibility for purchasing unnecessary entertainment items. Child also agrees not to buy or spend all allowance money on any one item, or make any purchases that may go against family values before consulting with Parents. Parents have veto power on all purchases.

5. PENALTIES.  Should a primary daily duty not be accomplished in a satisfactory or timely manner, a pro-rata Allowance amount attributable to that day shall be forfeited. The duties shall still be accomplished as soon as practicable. Certain actions will result in a partial or complete reduction of Child’s allowance at the discretion of Parents. These actions primarily include but are not limited to failure to achieve objectively measured compliance. If substantial compliance still does not occur after the initial loss of a pro rata allowance share, all electronic devices shall be suspended for 24 hours. This provision exists since the electronic devices have notification and reminder features, and if those features are not utilized by child, then there exists no reason for the parents to pay for them.

6. SAVINGS.  At least 10% of the gross allowance, or $______ per month (whichever is greater), shall be set aside by child and saved in a separate savings account. Child is required to account for savings at the end of each month. A $0.50 penalty shall accrue daily for each day savings has not been set aside after the first day of each month.  Despite any forfeiture as noted in the penalties section above, the full amount of savings attritable to that months’ allowance, consistent with what the total allowance amount would have been, shall still be saved.

7. LIMITATIONS. This contract is not intended to reduce or limit the regular daily obligations and common-sense expectations of the child. Those include, but are not limited to keeping books, backpacks, toys and similar items picked up and in good order.

8. TIMELINESS.  The duties noted are to be done at a timely manner and not “at the last minute”.  By way of example, a hurried rush shall not ensue minutes before bedtime. Further, homework remains the top priority to be done before the accomplishment of contract obligations.

9. MODIFICATIONS.  In all cases of disagreement, Parents will have ultimate decision making power over the dispensation of allowance. Modifications to this contract after notice, discussion and mutual agreement. Child has a right to appeal any decision in a respectful and thoughtfully composed written statement, which will be reviewed by Parents but will not guarantee a reversal of any decision. Child may request modifications to this agreement but may not unilaterally alter the agreement. This contract is for 90 day terms and can be revisited on or after 90 days from its entry.

   
(Child’s Signature) (Parent’s Signature)
   
(Date) (Parent’s Signature)

Memorial Day Parenting Time

Parenting Agreement language to rotate the entire weekend of MEMORIAL DAY, have the rotation work with Labor Day, and keep track of an every-other-weekend schedule:
“In even numbered years Father will have Memorial Day weekend and Mother will have Labor Day weekend. In odd numbered years Mother will have Memorial Day weekend and Father will have Labor Day weekend. If Father or Mother’s weekend does not fall on their regular weekend then either party’s regular weekend prior to their Memorial or Labor Day weekend may be shifted to include that weekend. Use www.ourchildinfo.com to coordinate.” #memorialday #custody #carnine

Mother’s Day Full Weekend

Mother’s Day Full Weekend

Mother shall always have the child on Mother’s Day from 9am to 6pm. Father shall always have Father’s Day from 9am to 6pm . The party being honored has the option to have the full weekend in which that day falls. That option shall be confirmed using www.ourchildinfo.com. If that day falls on a weekend that is not the parent’s regular weekend, the other parent shall have residency on the next two weekends so as to resume the established schedule. #mothersday #fathersday #visitation #carnine

EASTER falls between late March and late April following the cycle of the moon.

Easter is the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon, which is the first moon whose 14th day (the ecclesiastic “full moon”) is on or after March 21 (the ecclesiastic “vernal equinox”). The Father shall have the minor child every year from 8am to 1pm and the Mother shall have the minor child from 1pm to 6pm. Parents shall use www.OurChildInfo.com to coordinate the transportation. #custody #divorce #ex

www.ourchildinfo.com

www.ourchildinfo.com

www.OurChildInfo.com can fight PARENTAL ALIENATION. Don’t give up when one parent stops returning calls, and starts blocking. Are they also intercepting cards, gifts and denying parenting time? That enables the parent to say “see, your [other parent] does not care about you”. Post on www.OurChildInfo.com. Even if they never respond — show your child the years of posts you shared that the other never bothers to tell the child. Signing up gives the other parent a free account, and no excuses. #alienation #divorce #custody #communication

Parenting Agreement language for multi-faith joint religious decisions.

Father was raised in a Baptist household and Mother is of the Catholic faith. Each parent accepts the ongoing obligation to provide positive and meaningful religious experiences for their children. The parties further agree that the child shall be raised to understand and respect the faiths of both their parents, and that each parent shall be expected and entitled to share his and her respective religious observances, practices and heritages with their children. #dualfaith #goodfriday #easter #divorce

Spring Break 7 Days Rotating

Parents shall alternate spring break such that Father shall have parenting time in even numbered years for seven days of the spring break holiday from the Friday prior to spring break after the child is out of school through the next Friday at 7pm and Mother shall exercise that same schedule in odd numbered years. Use OurChildInfo.com to coordinate the exchange and pickup times. #parenting #custody

SPRING BREAK PARENTING TIME – Wednesday Switch

Spring Break Custody with Wednesday Switch: Mother shall have the minor child from 6pm on the Friday immediately preceding the one week school holiday until Wednesday at 6pm in even years. Father shall have the minor child from 6pm on Wednesday (during the one week school holiday) until Sunday at 6pm. Reverse in odd years. Coordinate by using OurChildInfo.com #springbreak #wednesdayswitch #vacation