The issue of child custody can be one of the most contentious issues in a divorce, especially when soon-to-be ex-spouses are at great odds with one another. Ultimately, however, both parents desire what is best for their child, which is why it is important to understand that cooperating during the mediation process is necessary. Some of the most common issues you may face as you engage in the details of child custody include:
- Your Child’s Upbringing: This includes decisions regarding the child’s education, health, religion, and general welfare. During mediation, both parents can make their preferences known and work toward a decision that serves the child’s best interests.
- Access: Shared custody is quite common, but even in situations where one parent’s home serves as the child’s primary residence, parents will still have to discuss who may have access to the child on holidays, birthdays, weekends, and when they should alternate.
- Information: Each parent should have access to school records, medical records, and other such information. Parents should reach an agreement on how information is to be exchanged.
- Household Uniformity: Stability is necessary for children, regardless of age. If each household has its own set of rules, and the child is expected to meet two different standards, it can become confusing and the child may become frustrated, resentful, and driven to act out.
Remember, your children should never be treated as a leverage tool or a battleground in your divorce. This is undoubtedly a difficult time for your family, but keep in mind that this is one area you must always come together on, despite your other disagreements.
At Swanson Law Center, our Gainesville child custody attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients. We understand how important your children are to you and will fight on your behalf for a parenting plan you can both agree on.
Call (352) 480-0088 to schedule a consultation.