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Making child custody work after divorce is final

Divorce can be hardest on the youngest members of the family. That is why many parents in Pennsylvania, despite the emotional struggle these proceedings can entail, resolve to work together on a child custody agreement rather than leaving the final decision up the court. Any custody or visitation schedule should be workable for the parents and beneficial for the children.

Parenting after divorce is challenging. Despite a carefully drafted custody order and a personal resolve to put certain issues aside for the sake of the children, disagreements and difficulties can continue. When ,reaching a custody agreement either through negotiations or mediation, a Pennsylvania parent typically focuses on how to lay the groundwork for a peaceful parenting arrangement. 

Children should never be made to feel as if they were in the center of disagreements between parents. This is not only harmful to their emotional well-being, but it can also damage the relationship that they have with one or both parents. Studies have shown that children benefit when they are allowed the opportunity to maintain a strong relationship with both parents, and when possible, a custody order is directed toward providing this opportunity.

Divorce complications do not magically disappear once the proceedings are final. Parents can set themselves up for success regarding their continued partnership as co-parents by working on a child custody agreement that truly reflects the needs, concerns and desires of the children. A parent can learn more about parental rights and custody options by seeking the assistance of an experienced family law attorney.

Source:, "The 7 commandments of parenting post-divorce", Claire Gillespie, Jan 16, 2017

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