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Seeking a child custody agreement that is best for the children

Divorce impacts children, even when parents are committed to finding an amicable resolution to custody and support disputes. One way that Missouri parents can minimize the impact that the ends of their marriages will have on their children is to commit to co-parenting. Co-parenting, while not the ideal child custody arrangement for every family, has been found to greatly benefit children and minimize the negative impact of a divorce.

Co-parenting allows for the children to maintain strong and active relationships with both parents. This partnership will require that parents work cooperatively together after the divorce is final on everything from discipline to schedules. This is not always easy, especially for ex-spouses with a significant amount of hurt between them, but the needs and best interests of the kids should always be the main priority.

The foundation of a successful co-parenting agreement is a thoughtful, carefully drafted custody order. Parents can choose to work together on these agreements, hammering out the details of parenting time, child support and other pertinent matters. This provides clear expectations and a smaller chance for future disagreements. 

Child custody is one of the most complicated matters to resolve during divorce, and a parent will greatly benefit from the help of a lawyer experienced in complex divorce issues. A Missouri lawyer can determine if co-parenting is an ideal choice for a particular situation and help negotiate the terms of any agreement. Additionally, a legal ally will act in the interests of the client, protecting his or her parental rights during the complicated process of a divorce.

Source: helpguide.org, "Co-Parenting Tips for Divorced Parents: Making Joint Custody Work After a Separation or Divorce", Accessed on Oct. 27, 2015

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