If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage and you have children together, the judge may issue a joint custody ruling. Under this ruling, you are both considered the custodial parent just like you were when you were married. Even though you are no longer together, you and your ex can make joint custody work in Texas for the benefit of everyone involved.
Cooperate with your ex
The circumstances that led to your divorce can make this difficult at times. However, it’s important that you understand that your child still loves your ex because he or she is still their parent. At no point should you speak poorly of your ex in front of your children to try to create animosity between them and your ex. Working with them cooperatively will help ensure that the custody schedule goes as smoothly as possible.
Protect the mental health of your children
It doesn’t matter if you hate your ex with a passion; you should never use your kids as a weapon against them. Children, no matter how young, will quickly pick up on what you’re doing, and it could create a level of anxiety that no child should have to deal with. Preserving the relationship between your ex and your children will help ensure their happiness and health.
Ideally, you and your ex will both be flexible in regard to your custody agreement. If your child wants to go to an event with your ex and it’s your scheduled day to have them, be willing to compromise. Doing so will ensure that your child’s needs are being met, and it can go a long way toward creating a healthy co-parenting relationship with your ex.
Working with an attorney during and after a divorce is highly recommended. This attorney may help you negotiate a child custody agreement that is good for all parties involved, including your children.