Ending your marriage is a gut-wrenching decision, especially when you have kids. Divorce proceedings can swiftly turn bitter when discussing child custody arrangements. Finding common ground with your ex will ease tensions and lead to healthier relationships with your kids.
Prepare yourself by reviewing commonly asked questions about child custody.
Who will get physical custody of the kids?
Children benefit when they can have loving relationships with both of their parents. In amicable splits, most former spouses opt for joint physical custody. Courts will encourage you to undergo mediation to find a shared custody solution if you cannot reach an agreement on your own.
If you feel your soon-to-be-ex cannot provide proper care for minors, you may want to seek sole custody. The juveniles’ safety and well-being should always take precedence.
Who will pay child support?
The loss of one partner’s income can play a massive role in the quality of life for your child. Nearly half of all custodial parents in the U.S. receive some type of financial support. The payer and amount will vary on a case-by-case basis. Courts will factor in your individual income levels and the amount of time the minor spends with each of you. If you cannot agree on an arrangement outside of court, a judge will likely determine the amount.
If you begin the divorce process prepared, you are more likely to reach an agreement that benefits your kids. Safe, happy and healthy children are the number one priority in any custody proceeding.