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Is shared custody the right child custody arrangement for you?

It is normal for children to have a difficult time when their parents get divorced. Many Missouri parents strive to ensure that their children's lives are disrupted as little as possible during this complicated process, which will in turn impact how child custody arrangements are made. For some families, an equal custody arrangement is a plan that works best for their kids and their emotional well being.

When parents decide to divorce, it could launch a long and litigious battle over who will retain primary custody of the children. Sometimes these court battles are necessary, but it is possible to work alongside a legal ally to negotiate a child custody order that is sustainable long into the future. For some parents, this means sharing parenting time and decision-making authority.

In a shared custody agreement, children would split the time that they spend with each parent. What this looks like on an everyday basis will depend on the individual circumstances of the family. The ultimate goal is to protect the best interests of the children and provide a continuity of lifestyle when possible. The details of a custody order can address the special needs of a family and provide guidelines that are positive for everyone involved.

Matters pertaining to child custody are some of the most complicated divorce issues. When facing the complicated decisions, Missouri parents will find it best to work with a lawyer experienced in family law cases and child custody disputes. A lawyer can ensure that both parental rights and the needs of the children are acknowledged and addressed. 

Source: The Huffington Post, "Why I'm Letting Go: Agreeing to 50/50 Custody", Aubrey Keefer, May 27, 2016

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