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Joint custody: parenting peacefully after divorce

Divorce is difficult for every member of the family, and sometimes, the children are the ones most impacted by this decision. In order to shield their kids from as much emotional hardship as possible, some Florida parents choose to parent together with a joint custody plan. When you choose to craft your custody order out of court, both parents would be wise to keep the best interests of the children as the main goal.

Joint custody is a popular type of custody arrangement because it allows the children to have regular access to both parents. If you are considering this type of plan and hope to come to an agreement on this issue out of court, you may have concerns on how to work well with an ex-spouse after the process is final.

Making joint custody work after divorce

Like any other type of custody arrangement, the goal of your joint custody plan will be to shield the children from unnecessary harm and protect their best interests above all else. This may require setting aside emotional differences and working together, even when it is difficult. This can be complex for two parents who are divorcing or who are newly divorced, but the following tips may help you navigate these complicated issues:

  • Resolve not to speak ill or unfairly about the other parent in front of the children.
  • Have a plan in place to resolve any issues that may arise between you and your ex-spouse after the divorce is final.
  • Have reasonable expectations for yourself, the other parent and your children during a difficult time of transition.
  • Make sure your plan accommodates activities such as sports, school vacations and other special commitments.
  • Choose your battles wisely and keep the children's needs above your own emotional struggles.
  • Allow your children to express their wishes regarding custody and visitation.
  • Be flexible and reasonable when dealing with your ex-spouse.

Even the most amicable of couples may run into issues after the divorce is final. With a thoughtful and reasonable plan in place, as well as implementing some of these suggestions, you may be able to avoid serious legal battles in the future.

The best post-divorce future for your family

One of the best things that you can do for your children is to have a reasonable custody plan in place. Children can thrive after divorce when they have stability, time with both parents and a continuity of lifestyle. If you are divorcing, you may find it useful to seek a full understanding of your parental rights and your legal options before making any major custody-related decisions.