Working with a former spouse to co-parent in different households is a difficult but worthwhile undertaking. One of the biggest benefits of a joint child custody arrangement is that your child is able to spend ample time with both parents and feel loved equally. This is why the courts favor this type of arrangement when it will best suit the child and divorced couple. However, it is not always easy for former spouses to work under this kind of arrangement when the divorce was not amicable.
Good Joint Custody Practices
Your child is likely able to comprehend what is going on around him or her during child custody disputes. In order to make a joint child custody arrangement work, both parents should be prepared to compromise for the well-being of the child. The following are some ways in which you can promote joint custody to have a more beneficial outcome:
- Do not speak ill of the other parent around your child
- Choose an arrangement that fits your child’s specific needs and activities
- Be realistic about parent schedules and commitments
- Determine holiday custody early
- Pick your battles
Finding an agreeable method of communication between you and your former spouse is for the best interest of your shared child(ren). If your co-parent is failing to adhere to the legal arrangement, consult a family attorney immediately.
Contact a Houston Child Custody Attorney Today
The arrangement the court orders for joint child custody is meant to be strictly followed to protect the child in question. If you are having trouble with your former spouse neglecting your joint child custody agreement, please call the Houston family law attorneys of Holmes, Diggs & Sadler at (713) 766-5355 today.