The relationship between parent and child is arguably one of the most impactful and important that a person will have in their life. Parents help shape the type of adult that the child will one day become. That's why it is so important to have a positive relationship with your child. This is true for all children, especially those who have parents raising them from separate households.
If you and your child's other parent are in the middle of changing your custody arrangement or if you are setting up a child custody agreement for the first time, there are a few things to know. Custody includes physical custody and legal custody. Also, there is sole custody, shared custody and even visitation aspects that could impact the final child custody arrangement. So, how do you know what custody arrangement is best for your child?
Generally, the courts do not like to separate parents from a child unless there is a necessary reason. This means, when it makes sense, parents should try for split custody of their child, both physical and legal, if possible. However, not all parents are fit to be a parent, for a variety of reasons. The court may downgrade a parent's custody level if it is in the best interests of the child.
Determining the child custody situation that works for your family may be instantly clear, or not clear at all. However, all parents and children need a clear custody arrangement to determine the boundaries and responsibilities of all involved. The child custody arrangement should also be accompanied by a parenting plan to help the transition happen smoothly. Find the child custody situation that works best for your child.