When couples divorce, it can be a very emotionally difficult experience. It’s not easy to say goodbye to a marriage. Even if the divorce proceedings are tumultuous, it’s still difficult to admit that something that started off well no longer works. It can be even harder when there are kids involved.
Parents want to make sure that their kids are happy and healthy even after a divorce. There are steps you can do that may make joint custody work.
What are some of the difficulties that divorcing parents face when it comes to joint custody?
One of the most difficult things when it comes to joint custody is figuring out when the kids will stay with which parent. Many considerations will be at play, including job start and end times, commuting, childcare, and a host of other issues. Additionally, parents may have unresolved issues that will spill over into their children’s lives. This can make the entire separation and ultimate divorce very difficult for the children.
What can divorcing parents do to make joint custody work?
One of the most important things that parents can do is to reassure the kids that although they are divorcing, their kids are still number one in their hearts. Parents should also keep their arguments away from the children and present a united front when in front of their kids. This will help the children know that even though their parents are no longer a couple, they’re still their parents. Another thing divorcing parents can do to make joint custody work better is to respect the other parent’s time with the children. Allowing the children to truly enjoy the time that they spend with their parents will prevent them from feeling guilty.
How can divorcing parents get help with managing joint custody?
Divorcing parents may benefit by working with attorneys who have experience working with complex child custody matters. By working with these lawyers, parents may be able to work out a solution that best for the entire family.