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When negotiating a child custody arrangement, parents are often challenged to put their child’s best interests ahead of their own. For many parents, doing so can be extremely difficult, especially in the midst of a divorce proceeding. However, overcoming the difficulties and committing to cooperation related to their child’s well-being can positively impact the lives of the parents and child for many years into the future. The professional family law attorneys at the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio have been serving the child custody needs of clients for more than 35 years. We are prepared to bring that experience to your case both at the negotiating table and in the courtroom.
Despite television tropes and stereotypes, developing an arrangement for child custody does not have to be a contentious process. In fact, many divorcing parents are able to effectively compartmentalize their personal relationship with each other, so as to maintain a cooperative approach to parenting their children. They realize that, despite the breakdown of the marriage or romantic relationship, the child will be best served by full, active participation by both parents. When this is definitely demonstrated in a child custody proceeding, the court is very likely to grant joint custody of the child to both parents.
Perhaps the most interconnected form of coparenting is known as shared custody, or equal custody. Shared custody represents a very specific type of joint custody in which both parents not only share in decision-making responsibilities for the child, but also share parenting time equally. Of course, in order to make an equal custody arrangement workable, parents must be willing able to commit much more than a spirit of cooperation.
In a shared custody situation, both parents generally must reside geographically close to one another, and often, in the same school district. This makes designation of a primary residential parent unnecessary, as the child would attend the same school from either parent’s home.
Additionally, both parents must be capable of providing care for the child half of the time, which often means similar work or school schedules. The granting of shared custody is less likely if the schedule of either parent upsets the child’s routine to a large degree. This also takes into account the age of the child, as school-age children and teens adapt much more easily to equal custody situations than infants or toddlers.
While a shared custody agreement is dependent on more than parents working together, their continued cooperation is vital to the success of the arrangement. They must be able to effectively communicate, resolve issues, and maintain a high level of consistency under which the child is much more likely to thrive.
If you are going through a divorce and are willing to work with your spouse on negotiating an equal custody agreement, contact the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio. Our professional attorneys have more than 75 years combined experience handling family law cases of every type. Call us today at 630-920-8855 for a free consultation.