Divorce is difficult for everyone, and the transitional period immediately following a separation or divorce can prove especially taxing for any children involved. In addition to adjusting to the obvious change of their parents no longer being with one another, children of divorced couples typically must also learn to adjust to living in two different homes. While there is no magic formula for minimizing the emotional impact your divorce may have on your child, there are some key steps you can take to help ease the transition and make both parents' residences feel like home. Consider taking the following actions.
Co-parenting is almost never easy. It requires strength, patience and creativity. Thankfully, because you are invested in your child's wellbeing, you are already approaching your co-parenting relationship from a solid foundation. Even if your child's other parent is not the most cooperative, attentive or calm person around, your commitment to do what is best for your child will help to make your co-parenting relationship as productive as it can be.
Missouri and a few other states are considering legislation that could change the way in which child custody arrangements are made. Current Missouri law (found in Missouri Revised Statutes Section 452.375.1) bases custody on the legal standard of the "best interests of the child," and provides guidance for family court judges making child custody determinations in the form of factors to be considered before custody is set.