Making arrangements for your children when you and your spouse are seeking a divorce can be ridden with challenges. The decisions you will have to make will require you to work with your ex and be flexible and willing to negotiate. At Butler, Thiessen & Metzinger, Inc. & Associates Inc., we have helped many people in California to work toward finalizing a functional and fair child custody agreement.
Because you and your spouse are getting divorced, chances are you do not see eye-to-eye in making decisions about the future of your children. However, efforts should be made to put negative emotions about each other aside so you can focus on the needs and futures of the children you share. Even though your ex was not an ideal partner, he or she may still be a good parent and your willingness to allow him or her to share the parenting responsibilities can be a beneficial decision with far-reaching effects.
According to verywellfamily.com, some of the advantages of negotiating a custody agreement where both you and your ex get equal time with your children include the following:
- You do not have to assume all of the financial obligations of raising your children.
- You may have more time to spend on rebuilding your future, pursuing an education or finding a new job.
- You may have the chance to pursue a new relationship.
- You can have help with disciplining your children.
When you are aware of the benefits of a joint custody agreement, you may be able to see past your immediate frustrations with your spouse and recognize the value of allowing your ex to maintain his or her parenting responsibilities. For more information about divorce, visit our web page.