It is never easy to go through a divorce, no matter how amicable the two parties may be. For many New Jersey couples, the hardest part of the process is navigating child custody disputes while simultaneously protecting the emotional well being of the children. In order to do this successfully, many parents strive for a custody arrangement that allows them to share custody for the benefit of the kids.
Even couples who are not getting along or have trouble discussing important issues in a civil manner can make a shared custody arrangement work. Studies have shown that children benefit when they have equal time with both parents, making shared custody one of the most beneficial custody arrangements available to New Jersey families. To make this work, it is important for parents to refrain from speaking ill of the other parent in front of the kids and decline to fight over the kids' possessions.
Parents who choose to be flexible may find that they have a more peaceful custody situation after divorce. It may be impossible to obtain an perfect custody arrangement that completely suits the wishes of every party, but a thoughtful and smart custody arrangement may help a family avoid future conflict. Before signing a final divorce decree, it is important to make sure that all major custody issues are addressed.
Divorce is difficult, but it is possible to navigate the process in a way that keeps the children from being in the midst of any divorce conflict. Choosing a thoughtful approach to child custody can make a complex process easier and may even help avoid stressful litigation. Consulting with a knowledgeable family law attorney can also be a beneficial step.
Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Tips for Sharing Custody", Marina Sbrochi, June 26, 2015