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What does it mean to put your children first in custody?

On Behalf of | Jan 8, 2021 | Custody & Visitation |

Going through a divorce and having to work out a parenting plan for your children can be a major challenge. Some people might struggle with what this means. In the most basic term, this means that you need to put your differences aside and do what’s best for the children.

It isn’t always easy to do this. Anger, bitterness, and disappointment might be the central feelings you have when you think about your ex. Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy way to overlook these so you can move forward as co-parents.

Remember that a bad spouse can be a good parent

Even if your ex wasn’t a good spouse, they may still be a good parent. Pay attention to the interactions they have with the children. If the children remain safe and healthy in your ex’s care, it might best to relax and do your best to work with them for the sake of the children.

Set the parenting plan for success

The parenting plan is your outline for what will happen with the children. Working out the terms with your ex may help to ensure that you’re doing what’s best for the children. You should set the plan up with terms that meet the kids’ needs now. There’s the option of modifying it in the future if those change.

Your attorney can work with you to ensure that you’re setting things up in a way that benefits the children. Discuss the situation with your lawyer so they can help you to determine what options you have that will put the children first.