How It Works
In a joint custody arrangement, both parents agree to consult with each other on vital issues, such as education, religious upbringing, health concerns, and recreational activities in advance, so these decisions will not cause a deadlock later.
Some advantages to co-parenting include not having to spend money on childcare or ask a relative to watch your kids. If you want to socialize, you can plan it for the week or time slot when you don’t have custody of the children. You’re free to socialize as you like, including going on dates without worrying about what your child will think. You can also do household chores, such as shopping or cleaning, without worrying about having children underfoot.
Disadvantages mostly concern costs and behavioral management. As a co-parent, you might not be eligible for child support, particularly if you earn more than your ex. It can also be difficult to arrange disciplinary measures across two households.
In such an arrangement, planning in advance as much as possible is your best chance of avoiding conflict. You and your ex can, with the help of a mediation attorney, make a co-parenting agreement outlining activities, information sharing methods, major decisions, and methods for problem-solving. This may also include a statement of respect describing appropriate behaviors if the parents need to renegotiate an aspect of the plan.
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If you and your spouse are divorcing, but are interested in co-parenting, discuss your case with an experienced Oakland County child custody mediation lawyer today. Our founding attorney, Edward Shaw, has mediation and team training and might be able to help you and your spouse come to a reasonable child custody agreement amenable to both of you. Our firm has helped hundreds of couples settle their divorces peacefully and respectfully. Let us see what we can do for you and your family.