If we have joint legal custody, we will have to work out a parenting schedule between us. This schedule will vary, depending on the lifestyle and circumstances of both parents. Children thrive in a routine, and a shared schedule will make the transition between two households much easier. Without a regular routine, the child may be confused or frustrated.
The goal of joint legal custody is to give each parent a fair amount of time with the child. However, this is not always possible logistically. For example, if the parents are too far apart, the child might spend more time with one parent. It’s also more difficult to divide the child’s time 50/50, so it’s often easier to split the time evenly.
Joint legal custody requires parents to share responsibilities, and this can be especially difficult if there’s an acrimonious relationship between the parents. This can make it difficult to work together or communicate effectively. It’s best for parents who get along well and are willing to compromise. Joint legal custody is also a great option for parents who share similar values.
If we have joint legal custody, we’ll both have equal power over major decisions about the child. This can include where the child goes to school, what religion they go to, and other major decisions. Even though both parents have equal authority, they can still fight over the most important decisions. If we have joint legal custody, we’ll need to make sure our decision is in the best interests of the child. You can also look for help from a mediation or parenting coordinator to help you work out the best plan for the child.
The main purpose of custody orders is to ensure the health of the children, and to give them the time they need with both parents. However, when relationships get so acrimonious, time with the children can become a power struggle. During this time, parents often focus on winning the battle instead of what’s in the children’s best interests. This arrangement may be beneficial for the children of an acrimonious relationship.
Once a custody order is in place, the parents can seek a modification in the arrangement. The parent seeking custody must show that there’s been a significant change in circumstances since the last order. Generally, the court prefers stability in custody arrangements. Therefore, the court will not make a change in primary residence without a major change in the child’s life. The parents also have the right to hire an attorney for the case. However, if neither parent is able to afford an attorney, the court will assign a representative to help them.
There are many ways to resolve custody issues in a co-parenting situation. The main goal of shared parenting is to avoid unnecessary pain, so make sure you have a parenting plan that’s fair and avoids conflict. A lawyer can help you determine the best way forward for your family.