You want your children to be healthy and happy. Sometimes, though, the way you’d provide a secure routine to them just isn’t the same as how the other parent would handle the same situations.
There are common custody issues that ex-couples deal with following divorce that you should know about. Being aware of what could happen and how to address those problems may assist you in making better decisions. Here are three common issues that come up in cases like yours.
- Disagreements on parenting
One of the first problems some parents run into is how to raise their children when they live separately. You and the other parent may not agree on punishments or how to handle schoolwork and activities.
Instead of fighting, sit down and work out a parenting plan. A strong parenting plan goes over most issues you could run into and gives you both guidelines to abide by.
- Visitation problems
Sometimes, a parent can’t make their visitation dates even though they want to. Other times, they may want more time than they’re getting. One possible solution could be to switch to virtual visitation on days when schedules don’t line up.
Finally, remember that relocation issues could arise in the future. You might get a better job offer, or your ex-spouse may want to move closer to family. Whatever the issue is, you need to sit down and talk about how you’d both like to handle a potential relocation. Having a general idea of how to handle the issue in advance can help prevent a conflict in the future.
If you can’t agree, it is always possible to return to court.
Parenting is hard, but you can get through it
Whether you and the other parent are on the same page or not, parenting is always going to have its ups and downs. Custody issues can be frustrating, but if you are both willing to work together toward solutions, then you may find that you are able to work through problems and come up with reasonable expectations and answers to the most difficult questions.