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How to make joint custody work

Although joint custody may be in the best interest of your child, you know that it can be a challenge to get along with your ex-spouse. Fortunately, with the right plan in place, you'll find that you can make joint custody work.

Here are a few things you can do to avoid trouble in a joint custody arrangement:

  • Bite your tongue. Even if you're tempted, you should never speak poorly about your ex-spouse to your children. This won't get you anywhere, except in more trouble.
  • Always do what's best for your child. It's easy to make decisions that will benefit you, but it's all about your children when it comes to co-parenting.
  • Remain flexible. You want to stick to your parenting agreement as closely as possible. However, flexibility can make life easier for you, your children and your ex-spouse.
  • Don't assume the worst. Just because you consider the other parent a bad spouse, that doesn't necessarily mean that they're a bad parent.
  • Focus on communication. The biggest mistake you can make is cutting off all lines of communication with your ex-spouse. You need to communicate about many things, so find methods of communication that minimize fights.

There is no avoiding frustration and challenges when it comes to co-parenting in a joint custody arrangement. No matter how hard you try, there will always be something that gets in your way.

As time goes by, you'll come to realize what you should and shouldn't be doing. If your ex-spouse continues to violate your parenting agreement, you'll need to learn more about the action you can take.

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