Suppose a couple shares a child or children and is in the process of splitting up. There needs to be a decision on which of the couple will share custody of their child. Child custody is split into two different kinds. Physical and legal custody refers to which parent cares for the child and where the child spends their time, while legal custody refers to which parent gets to make crucial decisions on behalf of the child.
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Factors that occur during child custody disputes
The court decides the child’s custody, keeping the child’s best interests in mind. The decision may not necessarily be ideal for the parents. These are some factors that occur during child custody disputes:
Making decisions for the child’s upbringing
Decisions on the child’s religious training, education, health, etc., are considered major legal decisions. One has to be provided with legal custody to be able to make these decisions for their child after a divorce. The parents are made to explain their goals for their child’s upbringing and find what works best for the child’s well-being.
Mediation is required when the parents are unable to come up with a plan for how they plan to share the custody of their child. A mediator works towards helping couples find a common ground they can agree on. They are trained professionals who help parents come up with a parenting plan fit for both the child and the parents.
A lawyer may recommend having a mediator involved when discussing access to the child. It is common for parents to demand access to their child on birthdays, national holidays, etc. These issues can cause disputes and may require mediation for the parents to find consensus and compromise.
Maintaining uniformity in each household is important for the children to find stability. Expecting children to follow two sets of rules and bedtimes can make them frustrated and confused and resent their parents. This issue occurs in families where the parents share more than one kid, and each has custody of one of their children.
Parents need to maintain uniformity even after separation to avoid this issue, as this is for the well-being of the children. Mediation helps the parents identify and resolve this issue through better communication and adjustments.
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