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Avoiding mistakes for a beneficial child custody order

Divorce can be difficult for every member of the family, but parents have the ability to make the process smoother for the children who will be impacted by a child custody arrangement. Co-parenting is an option that is growing in popularity, but it is not always the easiest path for two parents who have just navigated a divorce. If parents are committed to working together for the benefit of the children, a child custody order should reflect the best interests of the children.

Missouri parents who are considering a co-parenting arrangement should consider the mistakes that are commonly made by parents after divorce. Understanding these can help avoid common pitfalls and lead to a strong, more peaceful post-divorce future. Common mistakes include arguing in front of the children, refusing to communicate and using the children to pass messages between parents.

When possible, parents should strive to shield their children from conflict, even after the divorce is final. Children thrive when they can maintain a strong relationship with both parents, and when circumstances allow, a custody order should permit them to do this. Even when navigating a contentious or emotionally difficult divorce, open communication during negotiations will give parents a better chance of solid communication after the divorce is final.

If considering divorce, Missouri parents can benefit from a complete explanation of their child custody rights from an experienced family law attorney. With guidance, it is possible to mitigate future complications and avoid potential post-divorce mistakes. Co-parenting can be complex, but it is well worth the effort and may be in the best interests of the children. 

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Common Post Divorce Parenting Mistakes", Hanif Virani, Feb. 19, 2016

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