As a follow up to a blog earlier this month, here are a few more tips from the Tulsa family law firm of Fry & Elder on how to make joint child custody in Oklahoma and other parts in the country work in your favor.
Be flexible and willing to adjust
While a judge might have ruled in your favor or against your favor, it is very important for you to understand and realize that custody arrangements are not designed to be set in stone. They can and should easily change, especially when there are new dynamics or developments that happen from within a family. As your child grows and develops, so might your custody arrangement. This might mean changing visitation days around. It is important that you are willing to have an open mind when involved in joint child custody.
There is nothing wrong with adhering to a schedule, but as your child gets older and more emotionally mature, it might be wise to think about modifying the visitation schedule to better accommodate their needs. Research has indicated that it can be difficult for a younger child to be away from one parent for a long period of time, which might mean that shorter stays with each parent could be more beneficial. Once your child gets older and starts taking on a busier schedule, it might be wise to think about alternating weeks.
As always, the Tulsa divorce attorneys at Fry & Elder recommend that you put your child’s best interests first, be open minded and carefully pick your battles when prompted. Should you have any other additional questions or concerns, please call are office and ask to speak with one of our experienced Tulsa divorce attorneys at Fry & Elder today.