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Making joint child custody arrangements work well

When two parents divorce, there are significant implications for the children. As a result, some parents decide that joint custody may be the right way to allow their kids have strong relationships with both of them after divorce. While this is often a beneficial child custody arrangement for many Louisiana families, it is not always easy. Working together after a divorce is final requires a commitment of the best interests of the children above all else. 

Parents will find that their custody arrangement will work much better when they can be respectful of each other. Maintaining mutual respect will help protect the emotional and mental health of the children, as it is not good for them to see their parents fighting and speaking badly about each other. Another helpful thing is to live close to each other, which will make the transition between homes less stressful and easier when it’s time to go back and forth.

Financial support is often one of the most difficult parts of sharing joint custody. Parents must decide who will be responsible for paying for certain child-related expenses. This is typically spelled out in a support order, but parents may need to also be flexible and understanding when it comes to smaller, unexpected expenses. 

The ultimate goal of any child custody arrangement is to protect the best interests of the children above all else. Keeping this as the focus can help Louisiana parents work through some of the most difficult aspects of joint custody. Before agreeing to this specific type of custody arrangement, a parent may want to speak with an attorney about  his or her parental rights and legal options.

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