10. Be clear about custody arrangements and both you and your partner’s parental rights and how incarceration affects them.
People often become fearful when the government or law becomes involved in how they run their household, but the truth is that a majority of programs are intended to help people and work in the best interest of the child. Sometimes it’s necessary for the courts to become involved so that responsibilities are clearly defined. Every state is different, so do research about how guardianship and parental rights are affected by incarceration.