One of the most important aspects of a divorce when parents with young children split up is the child custody agreement. This agreement sets the stage for everything that is going to happen regarding the children. Parents should ensure that the agreement they come to is in the best interests of the children.
Working with your ex through mediation is one way that you can be sure your children’s best interests are the focal point of the child custody agreement. Don’t balk at having to work with your ex in this manner. You and your ex will have to spend many years working to raise your children together, even though you don’t live together any longer.
The child custody mediation process can help you to start the child custody matters off on the right foot. Even if you are having to work with a mediator, you can still use this as a springboard for how you will handle issues as they arise in the future.
When you make child custody agreements now, you can only consider the child’s current needs. You don’t know if or how those needs might change later. This is one of the reasons why child custody agreements might be modified.
We know that all of this is hard to think about and plan for now. Still, you need to take steps to ensure that your child custody agreement keeps the focus on your child and the things that will help your child to thrive. We can help you to work out an initial agreement and to address modification needs when they come up.