As one approaches the divorce process, there are many things to consider, especially when children are involved. Not only do finances, debts and assets have to be separated and dealt with, but also child custody agreements and support have to be outlined. Everything involved in providing for one's children may overwhelm parents who are working through a divorce and custody agreement in Pennsylvania. However, with the help of those in family law, the purpose and various aspects of the arrangement may be easier to understand and work through.
Child custody agreements, whether for one child or several, should be focused on the best interest of the child rather than a battle between which parent gets more custody. This is critically important when the school year rolls around. Being able to maintain good communication with the other parent can ease the transition into this new schedule and lessen the stress that switching houses may cause on the children.
Co-parenting and joint custody arrangements may be more challenging as the two parties work to adjust to schedules for the children's school, sports and other activities. Even visitation hours, for those agreements in which one party has primary custody, may have to be altered to fit the needs of the children and the schedules of the two parents. Creating a custody agreement during the divorce process should not solely consider the here-and-now schedules; it should also consider schedules that may occur throughout the years.
With all of this in mind, it may be beneficial for Pennsylvania families to consider consulting someone in the family law field. This person may be able to provide a thorough explanation to various aspects of a child custody agreement or divorce. Even those who may already be working through their divorce have resources and people available to help them through the process.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Back to School: 3 Ways To Tell If Your Child Custody Agreement Is The Right Fit", Bari Zell Weinberger, Sept.1, 2015