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Can you make joint custody a positive experience for your child?

Your decision to divorce your spouse was probably not made without a lot of thought, anticipation and questioning. As you may know, the process of divorce in Louisiana requires time and careful attention to create a beneficial outcome for both you and your ex. However, this process may be increasingly difficult if you and your spouse have had a child together. Fortunately, by remembering and implementing some valuable suggestions, you can create a joint custody experience that is positive and rewarding for everyone involved. 

While you may be tempted to allow your disappointment, sadness and even bitterness to define how you will treat your ex, responding defensively and without humility can quickly create contention and stress for your child. According to, here are some things you can do to turn joint custody into a successful co-parenting experience:

  • Develop an arrangement that accounts for the personal needs of your child including his or her age, hobbies and interests.
  • Take time to listen to your child and understand his or her concerns and needs.
  • Never speak negatively about your ex in front of your child.
  • Be flexible with your arrangement and remember that sometimes things will need to be modified to account for unforeseen changes.
  • Remember that even if you and your ex were not a compatible couple, your ex is still your child's parent and plays a critical role in your child's life.
  • Keep a realistic perspective when creating a plan. You will have your own scheduling needs and may need to ask for help at times.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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