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Tips for Getting the Best Custody Arrangement Post-Divorce

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As a parent, one of the most challenging aspects of divorce is knowing you may not have as much access to your own child or children as you are used to having. This can be discouraging or downright depressing as you work out arrangements to see your kids just a few nights a week, only on weekends, every other weekend or even less, depending on your ultimate arrangement.

If you’re going through a divorce, it’s important to remember that the best possible scenario isn’t necessarily what’s best for you… it’s what’s best for your child. Therefore, it’s important to keep in mind items like school districts, extracurricular activities and your own living situation.

Judges consider many factors when contemplating custody arrangements. Some of these include: age of children, children’s preferences, signs of abuse or neglect, your record of cooperating with your former partner in handling custody arrangements, and family stability. Below are some tips that take some of these factors into consideration to ensure you end up with a custody arrangement that works well for all involved.

Consider Your Child’s Interests

In order to get the best possible custody arrangement, it is necessary to consider exactly what’s best for your child. Perhaps it makes the most sense for your ex to have custody on weeknights if your child is in an intensive after-school athletic program and your former spouse is the team coach. If you are willing to compromise in some areas, then the judge may be more inclined to work with you to develop a custody schedule that works for both you and your ex-spouse.

Be Realistic About Your Schedule

As you work to develop a custody arrangement, it’s important to be realistic about your own schedule and commitments. If you know you often have to work late on Tuesday nights, then it would seem less-than-ideal for you to fight for custody on those evenings. Try to figure out which dates and times would be the most realistic for you to spend time with your children.

Your Ex May Have Been a Bad Partner, but Can Still Be a Good Parent

When a divorce is particularly messy, it can sometimes be difficult to separate a bad spouse from a good parent. Just because you can’t get along with your ex doesn’t automatically make that person an unfit parent, which is something that can be tough to see in a bitter divorce. Take time to acknowledge the good your ex-spouse has done in raising your children, and use this as the foundation for developing custody compromises rather than your own personal resentments.

Our Divorce Attorneys Can Help

If you are going through a complicated custody battle, contact our firm at 678-947-2988 to learn how we can assist you in developing a custody arrangement that puts your child’s interests first. As experienced family law attorneys, we have the knowledge and experience to determine a course to custody that is right for you.


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