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Child custody may present challenges even with amicable exes

Parents hoping to spend quality time with their children after a divorce may find that their existing custody schedule does not offer the flexibility they desire. In these cases, modifications of custody and support are an option to ensure that both parents are allotted ample time with their children.

The Huffington Post recently told the inspiring story of two ordinary people with an out-of-the-ordinary relationship. These ex-spouses, who were from an unspecified location -- but who could easily have been divorced parents in Georgia -- found a very unusual way to co-parent.

The two were able to put their children’s well-being in the forefront and forge a post-divorce friendship. This enabled them to work together in raising the children they had together as well as the children of each of their new marriages. Now the group celebrates holidays, takes turns transporting the kids to appointments and enjoys family outings.

While this family’s ability to work jointly on parenting is impressive, the ex-husband’s wife notes that a major issue in their blended family is giving each parent an equal balance of time with the children.

No matter what the relationship is between ex-spouses, each qualified parent should have adequate time with their children. In some cases, divorced partners may be able to make adjustments to their custody schedules on an informal basis in order to ensure this.

Even with the best intentions, however, casual arrangements like this don’t always carry on amicably. If discord arises, child custody modifications that firmly outline each parent’s responsibilities can be an excellent long-term solution. These modifications may help eliminate expensive courtroom processes and reduce the anxiety parents and children often experience during custody battles.

Source: Huffington Post, “This is What a Great Co-Parenting Relationship Looks Like,” Nov. 29, 2013

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