As many Massachusetts parents can attest, raising children after divorce can present challenges. Most parents are committed to putting the well-being of their kids first. Experience shows that the way divorced parents interact with their children and with each other has a lot to do with how well they have moved on after the divorce.
In a divorce where there are no children, the separated couple can choose to never see each other again. When children are involved, ex-spouses still have to interact as parents. In rare instances, the court may decide that granting sole custody to one parent or the other is in the child’s best interest. However, in the vast majority of cases, the court usually decides to grant some form of custody or visitation rights to each parent.
Quite often, the court will make decisions about joint custody based on how well the exes are willing to co-parent. In a traditional co-parenting arrangement, the exes will collaborate to establish a set of norms for their children. They’ll work together in deciding major and minor aspects of their children’s lives. A co-parenting arrangement requires a significant amount of cooperation and communication between the divorced couple. It requires the divorced parents to put any built-up bitterness, anger or resentment behind them and focus on what is best for their children.
When ex-spouses cannot get along or move past their animosity or hurt, they risk exposing their children to fighting, which can be damaging. A family law attorney can help a client during a divorce by providing evidence that they are the ideal guardian for their children. They can help a client during custody battles and give advice on how to obtain the best outcomes in court.