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Navigating shared custody after a tough divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2024 | Child Custody & Support

Divorce can be challenging, especially when there are children involved. Yet with commitment and cooperation, successful shared custody is possible, even after a high-conflict divorce.

Following some key guidelines helps families navigate this tricky terrain.

Create a clear schedule

During your divorce proceedings, establish a well-defined child custody schedule. Make sure it is clear and easy for everyone to understand. This schedule should outline when each parent will have time with the children. Having a consistent routine helps kids feel secure and understand where they will be each day.


Open and respectful communication between parents is necessary. Share important information about the children’s lives, such as school events, health updates and extracurricular activities. Use tools like text messages or shared calendars to stay organized and avoid misunderstandings.

Put the kids first

Remember, the primary focus is on the well-being of the children. Keep their needs and feelings at the forefront of decisions. Encourage them to express their emotions, and reassure them that both parents love and care for them. A united front will provide the stability they need.

Enforce consistent rules

Maintain consistency in rules and expectations between both households. This helps children understand expectations, reducing confusion and stress. Collaborate with the other parent to establish common guidelines, ensuring a seamless transition between homes.

Be flexible, yet predictable

While flexibility is important in shared custody arrangements, having a predictable routine is equally necessary. Find a balance that allows for adjustments when necessary but maintains a sense of stability for the children. Consistent routines can help kids feel secure in their changing circumstances.

Celebrate milestones together

Even after a difficult divorce, it is important to celebrate milestones and special occasions together. Share birthdays, holidays and achievements as a family. This not only creates positive memories for the children but also fosters a cooperative co-parenting relationship.

Seek support

If challenges arise, do not hesitate to seek support from friends, family or professionals. Surrounding yourself with a strong support network can make the journey through shared custody smoother. Remember, there is strength in seeking help.

By working together and considering the children’s needs, families can create a positive and stable environment in which their children thrive.