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Child custody negotiation: How to make it work for everyone

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2022 | Child Custody

After years of conflicts and disagreements, you and your spouse finally come to a conclusion that divorce is the most sensible thing to do. However, if you have a child together, you are certainly going to face difficulty regarding the care of your child and your involvement in their life going forward.

Negotiating a custody arrangement during the divorce can be a daunting task even during the best of times. However, with the right intentions and clear “terms of reference,” you can work out a custody arrangement that works for everyone.

Here are two tips that can help you negotiate a realistic and acceptable custody arrangement.

Be prepared

If you have ever negotiated a business deal, then you probably understand how tough reaching a deal can be. Child custody negotiations are no different. It is important you come to the negotiation table prepared. First, you need to understand Massachusetts’s child custody laws. The last thing you want is to reach an illegal custody deal. Next, you need to think about the bigger picture. What are your child’s needs and how will you best address them in the parenting plan?

Be ready to make concessions

A parenting plan is just about that: your child’s parenting after the divorce. As such, it is important that your negotiation is informed by what is in your child’s best interest. It is not uncommon to settle on a plan that is slightly different from what you wanted. However, do keep in mind that the same could be true for your ex. It is important that you are open to compromise and ideas that your ex will propose during the negotiation as long as they serve in the child’s best interest. Remember, a few concessions from both parents will go a long way in reaching an agreement that works for everyone.

When you are in the process of dissolving the marriage, it can be quite difficult to focus on the bigger picture. Find out how you can negotiate a custody arrangement that is not only acceptable for both parents but also addresses the child’s best interests.