One of the most difficult aspects of a divorce is resolving child custody issues. If the parents cannot agree on a parenting schedule, then the courts will intervene and come up with a schedule that is in the best interests of the child. In any case, both parents will be expected to play a key role out with exceptional circumstances.
Generally, one parent will leave the family home, which means that the child will have to get used to having a second home. As a parent, is there anything you can do to make this transition more comfortable?
Parents don’t have to be rivals
Both parents are often worried that their relationship with the child will be weakened after the divorce. This can result in them assuming a competitive mindset. In reality, the child is most likely not interested in any competition, they just want to maintain a meaningful relationship with both parents.
The change of divorce can be overwhelming for the child itself, so extravagant purchases in your new home may not be the best idea. Getting back to a sense of normality and routine might be of greater benefit to the child, and this is the type of atmosphere you’ll want to create on visitation days.
Establish common ground rules
While all parents have different styles and thoughts on raising their children, there are some common rules that can be agreed upon. For instance, in both households, an emphasis might be placed on doing homework after school before having leisure time. Having set rules in both houses means that the child is offered stability, which will benefit them in the long run.
Separating from your family and moving into a new household is not easy, but you can all get used to the change and positively move forward. It is better for both parents to remain amicable but if you are struggling with this, you may wish to explore your legal options.