Determining how your child is going to live after a divorce can be one of the most difficult decisions you make. One of the things you'll need to decide on is the type of custody arrangement you want to have and where your child will live most of the time. For instance, if you and your partner don't get along, can you work together to co-parent, or will you or him or her be trying to obtain primary custody?
In most situations, it's normal for both parents to share the responsibility of their child or children together. They both make decisions about their child's care, education and upbringing. If one parent is unfit to do this, then you can seek sole custody of your child and the sole right to make those decisions for his or her well-being.
If you and the other parent can't decide on the kind of custody arrangement you're going to have or the parenting time you and your ex will share with your child, the court is able to do this for you. The decision the court makes will be final, so it's important to think about whether or not this is in your best interest. If you can work together, it's better to determine a schedule and plan that works for your relationship and lifestyle. Otherwise, you will have to abide by the ruling the court makes.
You can work on your parenting plan and arrangements together or through mediation, depending on your relationship. If you want to learn more about custody and the arrangements that might work for you, our website has more information.