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Making joint custody work

On Behalf of | Jul 24, 2020 | Child Custody |

After divorce, couples in Georgia and the rest of the U.S. might find it difficult to develop a peaceful shared custody agreement. However, there are several ways that divorced parents can make joint child custody work for all parties involved.

When parents have been awarded shared custody of their kids, it may take some time to figure out all the logistics. Schedules will need to be coordinated, holidays will need to be divvied up, and the children may have to get used to spending time at two different houses. Navigating through the process can be difficult enough, but attempting to agree with a former spouse about issues surrounding the kids can make matters even harder.

When divorced couples are respectful and cooperative, shared-custody arrangements can be quite successful. Parents can help their families adjust to any changes by remembering that the most important matter at hand is the well-being of their children. They can also work to remove their own fears or insecurities from the situation and be realistic about working around their current schedules and commitments.

When a couple is arranging shared custody of their kids, they should factor in the children’s ages and personalities as well as any ongoing school commitments they have. The work schedule and social commitments of each parent should also be taken into consideration. Most importantly, children should be given a voice about which arrangements might work best for their schedules and comfort levels.

Making a child custody arrangement can be emotionally challenging, especially when parents are at odds with one another. For individuals who are trying to establish a viable shared custody plan, an experienced family law attorney may be able to provide guidance regarding any questions or concerns.


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