Creating a child custody order isn’t always easy. When figuring out the best interests of your child, you and your co-parents have a lot to consider.
Some of these considerations aren’t immediately apparent. Sometimes a custody order has to be altered over time to accommodate changes in a parent’s home or work life. Here’s what you may discuss with your co-parent:
When will you see your child?
You’ll have to figure out when you and your co-parent have custody of your child. Maybe you can only take your child on weekends when you aren’t working. Or, you could discuss having your child every other week, every other day or every other night. What works for one family may not work for another.
Where will your child go to school?
After divorce, you may have stayed close to your child or moved somewhere within driving distance. Whatever the case may be, your child is likely still going to school. You’ll have to figure out with your co-parent if your child will continue school where they are or transfer to a closer school. This can be a tough decision since it also can affect where the child will live most of the time.
Will your child attend religious events?
Maybe you go to church and your co-parent doesn’t. Then you’ll have to decide whether your child joins you or if your co-parent feels uncomfortable with your child attending church. If your child does go to church, you may also have to consider if they attend yearly ceremonies or other religious activities.
Creating a child custody plan can be difficult when you don’t have the right questions in mind – and there are many more than these few. You may need to reach out for legal help to know your options.