The end of your marriage will affect every member the family. One of your goals during this process may be to minimize the potentially detrimental effects of a divorce on your kids by giving them to the opportunity to maintain a strong relationship with both parents. One way many Nebraska families accomplish this is through a joint custody arrangement.
Joint custody can be challenging for you and your spouse, especially immediately after the completion of a divorce. However, you may believe this is truly the best option for your kids, giving them a semblance of stability and continuity of lifestyle. To make this process work well, you will have to put the needs of your children above your own feelings. Some of the benefits of joint custody are lesser known, but they can be just as impactful for your family.
Positive aspects of joint custody
The primary benefit of joint custody is how it allows kids to keep a strong relationship with both of you. This is most beneficial for their mental and emotional health. Other benefits many fail to consider include:
- Your parenting plan and visitation agreement will require you to be on a schedule, which can be good for every member of the family.
- Joint custody may allow you to move on with your own life as the schedule will provide consistency for you as well as your kids.
- You will have another parent to partner with for matters involving discipline and other things that affect your kids.
- Joint custody means you will not have to carry the financial burden of raising your kids alone.
- When kids are with the other parent, you will have time to focus on your personal life, hobbies or career.
- Joint custody can help you appreciate the time you do have with your kids.
The key to making a joint custody plan work well is to carefully and thoughtfully craft your custody and visitation plan. It will help to consider what will work best long-term, not just right now.
Consider the future
Every choice you make during your divorce will have a long-term impact on your life. It is in your interests to carefully consider how your decisions will affect your kids now and even years from how. By setting your temporary emotions to the side and focusing on the future, you can make decisions that will give you peace of mind and security.