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What are the key points of a successful custody arrangement?

When a marriage falls apart, spouses are not the only people affected by the demise. Children are often caught in the middle between two arguing parents. In St. Charles, Missouri, people who have been through a divorce can understand how difficult it is for children when parents argue in front of them. Once the child custody disputes have been settled, children will then go through the process of separation from one parent for quite some time until his or her turn for visitation according to the agreement comes along.

Whatever the child custody arrangement, it is important for parents to understand that their priority is the well-being of the children. Being civil during visits or custody exchanges can help children during the transition process because they will see their parents working together for their sake. Being civil does not mean that divorced parents work together as if they are still married. The relationship between divorced parents should be similar to business partners who are willing to work together and discuss their children's activities, such as soccer practice and recitals.

A certain level of emotional detachment is required so that both parents can be successful when co-parenting. Divorced parents should take note that divorce only ends the marriage, but not ties to their children. Another important point to think about is that children need both of their parents during some major activities, such as graduation.

If divorced parents are still having issues with an existing child custody arrangement, they may speak with a St. Charles divorce attorney who can help by filing a request for modification. An attorney can help draft the best custody arrangement that prioritizes the best interests of the children.

Source: oaoa.com, "Centers piece: successful co-parenting," Linda K. Boyd, June 30, 2014

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