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Joint custody may save child-parent relationship in divorce

The transition from a once-intact family into two separate households may be very difficult for children in the event of a divorce. The same goes for divorce proceedings, particularly the child custody part. In a St. Charles, Missouri, divorce, the best interests of the child are the primary concern in child custody. Although child custody determines the parental rights and responsibilities of each parent after the divorce, there are other types of custody besides sole custody to one parent and not the other that may work under certain circumstances, such as joint custody.

Joint custody may allow both parents to share the time and responsibility of the children. Often in co-parenting, parenting arrangements and visitation schedules are necessary. If both parties agree to be co-parents, they may be able to help their children adjust and cope with the divorce.

However, there are some issues that may arise in co-parenting because each divorced parent may have a unique approach to raising the child. Under such instances, it may be helpful for co-parents to accept that the other parent has different parenting techniques. There may be some perception gap and harsh judgments along the way, which parents need to avoid or deal with constructively.

One parent must try to trust the other parent when it comes to the children. The parents will have to lower their expectations and set aside personal issues because any gap in co-parenting may impact the child. Ultimately, co-parents should remember that how they handle co-parenting may effect not only their child but also the next generation of their family.

There are different issues and arrangements that may be required in co-parenting but the active participation and communication of both spouses may improve the parent-child relationship irrespective of divorce. While there are various legal issues that need to be settled in a Missouri divorce, the child custody part should focus mainly on the best interest of the child.

Source: Huffington Post, "Co-parent Checklist," Tara Fass, Aug. 27, 2013

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