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Child custody and shared custody: handling a hard situation

When a divorce is imminent, one of the first things that you think about is the children involved. You will have to co-parent with a person that your kids adore and that you don't want to be around anymore. It seems simple enough; but you may not see eye-to-eye with your ex-spouse about child rearing.

Here are some tips to keeping your sanity.

Think of your ex as a business partner. Just because your marriage didn't work out doesn't mean that you can't work together to be good parenting partners. Put the past behind you and remind yourself as often as need that your relationship with your ex-spouse is to create a good atmosphere for your kids.

If you keep track of your expenses, things will be easier. Trying to remember in your head how much you or your ex spent can be difficult, so keep a spreadsheet and encourage your ex to do the same thing. This way, the amount is on paper and is traceable.

When you just can't stand to see your ex face to face, communicate by phone, text or even email. There is a mobile co-parenting app out there to use as well, so make the technology work for you. If seeing each other just causes arguments, it is much better to talk another way.

Become more flexible with your kids' time. If they want to spend the evening with you, that is great. But what happens when it is your weekend and they just want to have lunch with mom instead? Be flexible and you will model kindness to your children.

Shared custody is something that a lot of people don't do well. It becomes a bone of contention for them. If you are thinking about a divorce and there are children involved, you may want to contact an experienced attorney who can help you through the rough spots.

Source: The Huffington Post, "6 Ways To Make Co-Parenting Less Stressful," Brittany Wong, June 24, 2015

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