If you have recently been divorced or you have a child with someone you are no longer in a romantic relationship with, you are going to want to arrange a custody agreement. It's important to create a custody agreement that works for your child's well-being. In most cases, this means having equal time with both parents. However, it can get complicated depending on the living situation of both parents, work arrangements, and more. Here are three tips to help you create a custody agreement that works for everyone:
Leave Emotions Aside:
Of course, as a parent, being separated from your child for any amount of time is difficult and emotional to deal with, not to mention the emotional dealings of having to communicate with an ex. However, when it comes to creating a custody agreement, you must leave emotions out of it. This will ensure that you have an equal chance for the best custody agreement that works in your favor. If the case ends up in court, the judge will view you more favorably if you haven't acted out on your emotions. It shows that you have emotional stability, which is important for a child to have in a parent.
Don't Move Far Away:
If you choose to move far away from the other parent, it can hurt your chances in the custody case. When dealing with custody, it's always best to stay put. This is always going to be looked at more favorably in court because it shows that you are keeping a stable environment for your child by not moving them from school, friends, and family. This also prevents you from having to deal with travel, which is stressful for everyone involved.
Give the Child a Say:
If your child or children are old enough, it's important that they have a say. If the case is not taken to court, it's important that you take your child's consideration seriously and help layout a custody agreement that works for your child to help them get through school and maintain a quality family, home, and social life. If the case does go to court, the child will sometimes testify to the judge without the parents being present.
When you consider these three tips, you can be sure that you end up with a custody agreement that can likely be finalized through mediation instead of through a long court process. For more guidance, talk to an attorney like those at Anderson Legal Group, P.C.