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Respecting child custody schedule important for Missouri parents

If a couple has children, child custody and support may be two of the most important issues that are addressed during divorce proceedings. Child custody agreements may be of particular importance to the children involved, as this keeps some routine and stability in their life. Missouri parents proceeding with a divorce may need to pay special attention and respect to an agreed-upon schedule.

A child custody schedule can give life a comfortable predictability for children after a divorce. Requesting to switch days or trying to change the schedule up too often might seem harmless, but it is typically best to avoid doing so. Maintaining stability by following the terms and agreement of the schedule is generally best for all of those involved.

Furthermore, contact from one parent should be limited with a child when they are with the other. This goes along with respecting the child custody schedule. By also respecting the time that the other parent and child have together, tensions after a divorce might be eased.

Child custody agreements are usually put into place in the best interests of the child or children involved. While a little change here or there may not seem to be a big deal to some Missouri parents, these changes can add up and potentially negatively affect the children. Also, it is possible for a combative ex to take a former spouse back to court for violating the terms of a child custody agreement. In the event that either parent feels that the original custody arrangements are no longer working, they do have the right to petition for a change in a family court.

Source: The Huffington Post, "10 Steps to Dealing With a Combative Ex: How to Protect Your Children", Sherrie Campbell, April 21, 2014

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