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Making joint child custody arrangements work

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2023 | Family Law |

Children often struggle when their parents divorce. After a parental divorce, it has been proven that kids benefit when both parents remain involved in their lives. This is a big reason why most courts in Florida will favor joint child custody arrangements. The following suggestions can help parents make their joint custody arrangement a successful one. 

Effective communication 

Effective communication between parents is a big part of any successful joint custody arrangement. Understandably, it may not be easy talking to an ex-spouse. These days, however, there are several ways in which parents can communicate such as text messages, emails or parenting apps. Even if anger or resentment from the past relationship still lingers, never bad mouth the other parent in front of the children. The children need to see that their parents are a team. 

Plan ahead 

For special occasions such as vacations or holidays, make arrangements with the other parent well in advance. The more time the other parent has to prepare and process a decision the better. Never wait until the last minute and spring it on them.  

Put the children first 

Although this may sound cliche, it is the most important part of a joint custody arrangement. The purpose of joint custody is to minimize the impact the divorce has on the children and allow both parents to remain in their lives. Sometimes, doing what is best for the kids will require parents to show control and compromise.  

When parents can put their past relationship behind them and work together, children often thrive in a joint custody arrangement. Parents in Florida who have questions about any aspect of child custody could benefit by speaking with a legal professional. A knowledgeable family law attorney can provide legal guidance and answer difficult questions.