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3 tips for parents with joint custody

Joint custody can be a great solution to custody concerns following a divorce. It allows you and your ex-spouse to spend time with your child while both getting to make important decisions about your child's welfare.

To make a joint custody situation work out well, it's important to be civil with your ex-spouse. There are also a few other tips that could help you keep your situation calm and collected. Here are three to try.

1. Remember to have respect for one another

Even though you and your ex-spouse are no longer married, you need to respect one another and the requests and decisions you make. Without respect, you can't communicate. Without communication, fights and arguments are bound to occur. Take time to appreciate the hard work each of you puts into your relationship with your child and take time to talk about, not argue about, problems that arise.

2. Make the most of time with your child

The next thing to remember is that you should be focusing your energy on your child. Take time to get involved in your child's life. Make sure that the things you do are positive and make the impression you want your child to see. Your actions do speak louder than words, and positive actions are good for everyone in this relationship.

3. Plan ahead

Planning ahead is one way to keep yourself and your ex-spouse on the same wavelength. You need to know where your child is and what he or she is doing, and you need to know that you can rely on the other parent and vice versa. Make sure you talk to your ex-spouse about upcoming plans well before the day arrives. Nothing is more likely to cause upset than to spring a last-minute request on an unsuspecting parent.

These are three tips that can help you and your ex-spouse stay on the same page while both having custody of your child. Your attorney can help if you believe your custody situation needs to be adjusted for the best interests of your child.

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