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4 Tips to remember while negotiating child custody

Trying to navigate your way through a child custody agreement can be complicated. There are many elements at play when the order is being created. Tension may be due to you and your ex working together or from a judge issuing a ruling.

No matter which way your custody case is being resolved, there are several things you have to remember. All can help ensure that you are doing what needs to be done instead of focusing on things that aren't truly important.

Your child's best interests

The entire focus of the child custody case is your children. The arrangements must be created based on what is best for the kids, not what is easiest for you or hardest for your ex. By remaining hyper-focused on what your children need, you can often bypass some of the emotional factors that can cloud your judgment.

In almost all cases, it is best for minors to have contact with both parents. Remember this as you come up with a parenting time schedule. You might not get along with your former spouse, but they are probably being a good parent. Think about how they interact with the kids instead of what happened with you during the marriage.

Finger pointing is pointless

Trying to point out everything that your ex does wrong might work against you. Unless they are directly harming your child in a tangible manner, the court won't concern itself with trying to sift through the he-said-she-said finger pointing that is sometimes present in custody cases.

Another thing to remember is that there are two sides to every story. You likely don't want your ex pointing out all of the flaws they see in you. Try to remain focused on your children instead of your former spouse.

Think about the rules

Child custody orders come with many rules. Take the time to consider what each one means to you. Don't only think about how it impacts you now. You also must try to determine how the rules of the agreement might affect you in the future.

Stand united

It is usually best if the parents can put their differences aside and create a united parenting front. This can prevent them from trying to play one adult against the other. In order to do this, ground rules, including those related to respect, communication, and decision-making, must be developed early.

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