The aftermath of divorce impacts many affected by the dissolution. The effects on children are particularly traumatic. Suddenly, one household becomes two, and kids must adjust to the new normal. Easing the transition for them is of paramount importance.
Parents have rights when it comes to their children. Those include having kids reside with them, making crucial decisions, and spending time with them. Many marital dissolutions have one parent spending more time with the child while the noncustodial parent possesses admittedly limited custody rights.
The value of cooperation
Some parents come to an agreement before custody hearings. They may have already separated and developed a customized custody arrangement explicitly tailored for them. In many situations, children are already living with one parent before the divorce is formally filed. Other informal agreements include decision-making authority, the length of time children reside with parents, and time spent during holidays.
Soon-to-be divorcing parents who take the time to prearrange what can be an uncertain future falls within the best interests of their children. Those steps can ensure that what they decide puts their kids first and the parents second. The strategy can also minimize the disruption that comes with divorce.
Any mutually agreed upon modifications require contacting the court to secure approval. However, trying to circumvent that process can result in violations that can make a bad situation worse. Over time, some custody arrangements become not suitable for children. Many cases find evidence that children being better served by a new agreement may be the outcome. Even worse, abusive settings that reach the level of violence mandate proactive steps.
Children represent the innocent bystanders when parents divorce. Life-changing events require a focus on their well-being, becoming the priority of both parents.