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Making child custody decisions means doing the best for the kids

Being a loving parent is an aspect of life that many California residents hope to maintain. When going through divorce, some individuals may feel as if they are falling down on their parental duties or allowing their children to become overwhelmed by stress due to child custody decisions and other issues. When these feelings begin to creep in, concerned parents may want to consider certain co-parenting tactics.

Even if parents are divorced or are going through divorce, many individuals choose to co-parent. As a result, both parties continue to have a say in decisions regarding their children. This arrangement can sometimes prove tedious if disagreements come about, but parents may be able to make the situation more manageable if they learn to choose which battles need fighting and when it is acceptable to allow the other parent a win.

Additionally, children can face a considerable amount of strain when their parents are facing relationship issues. Therefore, individuals may want to ensure that they remain supportive and available to their children in case they are needed. Additionally, creating and maintaining a routine could help children feel more in control as many aspects of their lives begin to change. 

One way parents can help children better adjust to such alterations is to ensure that the child custody arrangements benefit the kids. Rather than working to spite the other parent by never letting him or her see the children, working together as parents when feasible to make an agreeable plan could provide a healthier environment. If California residents have questions or concerns regarding their custody options, they may wish to speak with experienced attorneys.

Source:, "Co-parenting tips every parent should use", Nancy Hauck, March 30, 2017

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