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What can I do to make sharing custody easier?

One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is the prospect of sharing custody. As a Colorado parent, you want only what’s best for your children, which requires having a solid relationship with both parents. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make sharing custody of your children that much easier when tensions are running high.

Parents recommends keeping your child’s needs in mind when coming to terms on custody agreements. For instance, scheduling can be exceedingly difficult, especially when kids are involved in a number of after school activities and social obligations. In this case, try to schedule visits on days that make the most sense to your family. Some families prefer alternating visitation days, while others trade off on a weekly basis. What’s most important is that both parents have ample quality time with the kids.

Good communication between you and your ex-spouse can also help simplify joint custody arrangements. If you are uncomfortable speaking to your ex directly, try communicating via text or email (which will also provide you with a record of your conversations). Additionally, it’s best not to make negative comments about your former partner in front of your kids. This may cause animosity or even result in low self-esteem if they take the comments to heart.

Along with the above, it’s also recommended that you remain flexible in your requests. Conflicts are sure to arise frequently, and it’s up to you to decide what is worth fighting for and when compromise is the best course of action. Conceding on small things can also give you a bit of leverage when it comes to major decisions. 

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