How do you make concessions as a co-parent?

As a divorcing parent in Michigan, you and your co-parent need to decide what form of child custody you will seek. Sifting through the benefits and drawbacks of each option is an important place to start your decision-making process.

Today, we will take a look at joint custody. In particular, we'll examine one potential issue with it: making compromises. FindLaw defines joint custody as the shared custody between two parents of their children. This can mean equally split physical custody, but most often refers to legal custody. With legal custody being shared, both parents are responsible for making life-shaping decisions such as where the child goes to school, what medical treatments they may have, and so on.

As you might expect, both you and your co-parent will likely have some strong opinions about how you want to raise your child. These ideas might not always align, either. So how do you handle disagreements or disputes in these situations? First, you can use a third party to mediate, which you might have done during the divorce itself. Having a co-parenting counselor step in and listen to both sides may help open up new options and paths that neither of you saw before. It can make compromising easier, too.

There's also a matter of organizing things you are or aren't willing to compromise on. Some areas you may feel a little less strongly about, and arguments can be avoided through compromise. Other areas might have significant meaning to you, making you unwilling to change your mind or compromise. Those are the ones that may require additional help.

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