It can be difficult to go through the divorce process at any time in your life. This is even more so the case if you have a child with your soon to be ex-spouse. In addition to details associated with your divorce, such as matters of property division, you also need to focus on those involving your child.
Before we go any further, you should always remember this: The cour t is going to do whatever is in the best interest of your child. This may not always make you happy, but there is no way around this.
While divorce is never ideal for children, there are arrangements that can make their life easier in the future. For instance, joint custody has a variety of benefits.
In some cases, you can work one-on-one with the other parent to hash out the details of a joint custody arrangement. With this parenting agreement in place, both parents will have a clear idea of what is expected of them in the future.
The arrangement is based largely on details such as: parent work schedules, the child’s school schedule, extracurricular activities and the home in which the children will spend most of their time.
With a joint physical arrangement, the child will live primarily with one of the parents, however, he or she will spend time, such as the weekends, with the other.
The primary benefit of joint custody is the ability for the child to remain in close contact with both parents, ensuring that their relationship continues to grow after the divorce.
On the flipside, it’s important for all parties to be on the same page as it’s not always simple for a child to move back and forth from one parent to the other.
If you have reason to believe that a joint custody arrangement is best for your child, you should attempt to work this out in mediation with your ex-spouse. By reaching an agreement on all the most important details, you will know what to expect in the future.
With so many potential challenges and complications, don’t hesitate to learn more about the laws in your state. Along with this, you can consult with an attorney who can provide guidance throughout the divorce process.