Trying to obtain custody of your child can be a frustrating situation. You and your ex-spouse may not get along, but most courts will still want you to share custody in a fair way. After all, even though your relationship with your ex-spouse is not good, that doesn't mean that your child's relationship with them is also bad.

To make custody less frustrating, it's generally a good idea to sit down with your ex-spouse and to work out a schedule that is effective for both of you and appropriate for your child. For example, if your child is in school, you should try to arrange a schedule that gives them stability during the week and the ability to have a parent present before and after school. For children who are young, switching custody every few days can be a good choice since it helps them feel more connected to each parent.

What can you do if you and your ex-spouse disagree about custody arrangements?

It's normal to have some disagreements regarding your custody arrangements, but you and your ex-spouse or estranged spouse should be able to work through them. If you aren't able to sit down and talk through the disagreement, you may want to opt for support through mediation or arbitration. In a worst-case scenario, you can take the case to court and allow a judge to rule on the final custody schedule (this takes away all control, so many couples try other methods before turning to the court).

Your attorney will talk to you more about your custody concerns, so you can address them and move forward.

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