If you and your child's other parent have agreed on a joint custody agreement, you might be happy about the fact that you both get to spend ample time with your son or daughter. However, you might also be concerned about your child being affected by switching back and forth from one home to another. Luckily, following these tips can help make things easier for your child.
1. Try to Live Close to One Another
In some situations, you and the other child's parent might not have much control over changing your living situations. If possible, however, it's wise to choose homes in relatively close proximity with one another. Not only can this make things more convenient for the adults in the situation, but it can allow the child to spend his or her time in a more familiar place, closer to the people and places that he or she knows. It can help prevent problems in regards to getting back and forth to school as well since you won't have to worry about your child staying in two different school districts
2. Make Sure Your Child Has "Stuff" at Both Homes
Additionally, you will probably want to make sure that your child has "stuff" at both homes. In the best situation, your child might have his or her own bedroom at each house. If this is not possible, ensuring that he or she has a dresser or somewhere else to keep belongings can help. Keeping toys and clothes at both houses can also help you avoid a situation in which your child is constantly living out of a suitcase. It can take a while to accumulate enough items so that your child has things at both homes, but doing so can help your child be as comfortable and at-home as possible no matter which home he or she is at.
3. Be Civil
It can be tough to be civil toward your child's other parent, especially after a divorce or other tough situation. However, avoiding badmouthing your child's other parent and trying to communicate positively about what is going on with your other child can help with effective co-parenting and can be a lot better for everyone who is involved.
Being involved in a joint custody situation can be a good option, but it can be challenging at times. Luckily, though, following these tips can help make things easier on your child, as well as on you and the other parent. To learn more, contact a divorce attorney.