In many cases, divorce is not only the end of a marriage but also the separation of children's parents. When children are involved in a divorce in Georgia, the two parents have to create a child custody arrangement as part of their divorce. It can be challenging to work together after deciding to no longer be in a relationship, but cooperative parenting can be incredibly beneficial to the children.
There are numerous child custody arrangements, including sole or joint custody or co-parenting. Joint custody and co-parenting allow for the children to spend fairly equal amounts of quality time with both parents. Regardless of the custody arrangement one chooses, maintaining a positive attitude toward one's former spouse can prevent children from feeling as if they have to choose between their parents.
In a child custody arrangement, one may have to perform different duties or roles now that time is shared. Shared custody also makes keeping consistent rules and schedules in both parents' houses a must. This consistency can provide a sense of security that may have waned during the divorce process. Instead of being ruled by the emotions that come with divorce, making child care decisions with one's head instead of one's heart can be beneficial to the children involved.
Working together after a divorce can seem like an impossible feat. However, allowing children to maintain quality relationships with both parents can ease what could otherwise be an extremely stressful process. Georgia couples working through divorces and child custody arrangements can seek assistance from people who have experience working with families faced with similar situations.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Redesigning Your Family Blueprint After Divorce", Theresa Sirles, Feb. 12, 2015