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Child custody: Tips for joint custody agreements

When parents in California decide to split, one of the most common areas of dispute is who gets custody of the children. However, parents should try to work together to come to a child custody agreement that serves the best interest of the children. Even though both parents may want primary custody of the children, the best arrangement for the well-being of the children is often a joint-custody arrangement. The following advice may be helpful for parents who are pursuing a joint custody agreement.

First of all, a successful joint-parenting arrangement requires that both parties be respectful. Approach the other parent with a willingness to be cooperative and never talk negatively about the other parent, especially in front of the children. Joint custody typically means that custody is a 50/50 arrangement and children will be going back and forth between both homes. This is much easier if the parents live close to each other. It is recommended that parents live no more than 20 miles apart.

In today's world, financial support is a primary concern. It is very important that both parents share the financial responsibilities of raising the children. It goes without saying that children are expensive, so both parents should be involved in sharing the costs of school expenses and extracurricular activities.

Joint custody agreements should always have the best interest of the children in mind. Accomplishing this means equal participation from both parents. California parents who have questions about child custody could benefit by contacting a knowledgeable attorney. An experienced legal representative can provide legal guidance to help navigate these sometimes thorny situations.

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