Depending on the ages of your children, you may have worried what they might think or say when you informed them that you were filing for a divorce. Adapting to a new lifestyle can be challenging, especially for kids. If you and your ex disagree about child custody issues, the stress of your situation may be intensified.
The court always has children’s best interests in mind
If your children witness you and your co-parent trying to work as a team for their sake, they might be better able to cope with your family’s situation. Working as a team might mean that you and your ex agree to let the court decide about custody issues that you can’t seem to agree upon. For instance, one of you might think the children would be better off living with him or her full time while the other spouse disagrees. A judge tasked with making custody decisions focuses on what he or she believes would be best for the children.
Both parents must adhere to an existing court order
If the court issues a child custody order, you and your ex must fully adhere to its terms. While the judge might not have handed down a decision that you’re happy about, you must obey the court order, although, in some cases, it might be possible to file an appeal. If, at any point, the terms of a child custody order are no longer feasible, there are steps to take to request modification, but unless and until modification is granted by the court, the existing court order still stands.
Never hesitate to reach out for additional support
Each of your kids might cope with your divorce in his or her own way. The way you come to terms with the implications of your decision might be different than how a friend or family member who has gone through a similar experience has coped. Building a strong support network for yourself and your children is a key factor to moving on in life after divorce. If a specific child custody or other legal problem arises, you can request a meeting at Walsh Law Firm, PLLC, in Mississippi, to seek support before heading to court.