Top tips for making the most of shared custody as a father

When it comes to shared custody, there are many challenges to contend with. Even if you and your ex-wife want to do what's best for your child (or children), this can be easier said than done.

There is more to coordinating schedules than meets the eye. There is more to sharing holidays than you can ever imagine. Even so, this doesn't mean that everything has to be difficult. Instead, once you and your ex-wife are on the same page, you can make informed decisions with the best interest of the child in mind.

Here are some of the top tips for making the most of a shared custody agreement as a father:

1. Be respectful of the other person

As long as you and your former wife are okay with the agreement that's in place, there is no reason to be disrespectful or speak poorly about her. When this happens, the child will be impacted in more ways than one.

2. Think about the child above all else

Although you want what's best for you with regard to spending time with your child, you need to keep your child's best interests in mind at all times.

3. Be realistic

It goes without saying that you're scared of what the future could bring with respect to your relationship with your child. Although you may be fearful of something bad happening, don't let this lead you towards unrealistic expectations about to your schedule.

4. Consider all the details

There is more to shared custody than simply spending time with your child. You need to think about things such as: extracurricular activities, the career schedule of each parent, child care arrangements, and travel between homes.

5. Make changes as necessary

If something isn't working for you, it's time to revisit the custody arrangement. If you're open and honest with the other parent, if you know your custody rights, you should be able to make reasonable adjustments as necessary.

In many cases, shared custody is the best option for both parents as well as the child. When you make decisions with the idea that you're doing what's best for your child, there's a better chance that everything will work out o ver the long run.

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