Child custody is a hard topic to talk about, especially when you're close to your children. Both you and your spouse may have an idea of how you want to split your time with your kids, but there are many factors to consider.
When you're deciding on custody arrangements, you can't just make a decision or fight for custody that you don't have time for. You must consider factors such as outside responsibilities, work and other children who you need time for.
What kinds of factors should you consider when building a custody plan?
Some factors to consider include:
- How much time you have at work and at home
- Which parent spent more time with the child
- Which parent lives closer to the child's school or the school that you'd like your child to go to
- Your religion or religious preferences
- Your child's need for health care or special education
- The distance to family or friends if you need a third party to watch your child when you work
Of course, there are many other considerations, too, depending on the situation.
Before you and your spouse come up with custody arrangements, make sure you both talk about the arrangements and work through any concerns each of you has. If you can communicate smoothly, then most plans will work themselves out. However, you can also negotiate through your attorney, in mediation or through other means if you can't agree on a custody plan.
Our site has more on child custody and what to do if you want to guarantee your child is on the best possible schedule.