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Child custody and co-parenting -- compromise is key

Even when settled amicably, divorce is still a contentious process that can leave emotions running high for quite some time. Although it is normal to deal with overwhelming emotions during this period of life, it can also complicate things, like child custody. Those in Massachusetts who hope to effectively co-parent after divorce should do their best to be aware of this and may want to keep some of the following in mind.

Co-parenting is increasingly popular among parents who want to maintain active roles in their children's lives. It involves divorced parents continuing to work together for their kids' best interests, but there can be stumbling blocks. For this process to work effectively, parents need to have a solid co-parenting relationship. This means that couples who recently divorced now need to find common ground.

One of the biggest hurdles involves laying down basic home rules. In more traditional approaches to child custody, the parents maintain their own rules for their own homes. In co-parenting situations, parents often choose to implement similar rules in each of their homes. This gives children a sense of consistency and can help minimize post-divorce frustrations, but it can also be hard to implement and maintain. Co-parents will need to be willing to compromise on these types of issues.

Co-parenting is not for everyone. Some people may feel uncomfortable with the idea of their ex-spouse having a say about the rules in their own home. Others may have had a contentious divorce and feel as if compromise is not possible. Each family in Massachusetts is unique, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution for child custody. Instead, parents should carefully consider their children's best interests and needs before moving forward with any decisions.

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