When you begin to think about a custody schedule for your child, you and the other parent should agree that your child’s best interests must come first. Regardless of the way you feel toward each other, your child relies on you both and needs you to make a decision that is for their benefit.
It isn’t always easy to make a custody schedule. You could have a very different opinion you’re your spouse, and there could be arguments. There are many factors that you will have to consider throughout the discussion, such as:
- Your child’s age
- Your responsibilities, such as your work schedule
- Your child’s health
- You and your spouse’s health
- Your child’s education
- Additional care needs, such as the need for a babysitter or daycare
When you sit down to discuss custody arrangements, it can be a difficult conversation. You and your spouse’s ideas about custody may not align, and you could find that you argue over any arrangement you come up with. Still, it’s important to discuss as much as you can, so you can start to put together a plan.
What happens if you don’t agree with the custody schedule your spouse wants?
There are ways to work through disputes. You should discuss openly why you don’t agree with the schedule they’ve proposed. For example, maybe you think the time apart from each parent is too long, which isn’t in your child’s best interests. If you are both willing to talk things through, you may want to try mediation. You can also try arbitration or negotiate directly through your attorneys. If this doesn’t work, then you may want to turn to a judge to have them make a decision.
Your child’s interests always have to come first. With the right custody plan, they’ll be better able to adjust to life following your divorce.