Parents do not always see eye to eye. This can be especially true if, like so many families today, the parents are not in a committed relationship with each other. It's not necessary to be in a relationship with your child's parent in order to effectively parent. However, it can take a little more effort to agree on a child custody plan that works for everyone involved.
While everyone is considered in the final child custody plan, there is one person who matters above the rest. That person is the child. Child custody arrangements are made with the best interests of the child in mind. If parents can make a child custody decision and parenting plan based on that premise, it could resolve a child custody dispute more quickly.
It can be difficult if each parent is seeking a different type of child custody. There is sole custody, joint custody, legal custody and even physical custody. Technically, a parent could seek physical but not legal custody, even in a shared custody situation. It's best if the child can have a healthy relationship with both parents, if possible; so keep that in mind when determining how you and your child's parent want to share time with your child.
Child custody decisions are not a one-size-fits-all scenario. Every family will have specific nuances to attend to in order to create a child custody decision that fits your child and your family best. There are lots of ways in which parents can create a successful child custody plan. The key is to have the best interests of the child at heart.