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Set your parenting plan based on what your child needs now

Decisions related to your children are some of the hardest ones that you will ever consider. Most parents want to set their kids up to succeed in life. When you have a child custody problem, making decisions for the kids is even more complicated than normal because you have to take your ex's views into consideration. If you and your ex always shared the same views, it's likely you would have remained together.

One of the most challenging things about not being in a relationship with your child's other parent is that you often have to put your differences aside to do what is best for the kids. You can't think about what you want or what will make life difficult for your ex. Instead, you must do what is in the child's best interests.

You have to think carefully about which options are present in every situation. By being open to thinking about your ex's ideas along with your own, you might be able to find the best resolution to the matter. In some cases, it is going to take a hybrid plan that puts your solution together with your ex's.

We want you to remember that your child custody arrangement should be what the child needs now. As circumstances change and your kids' needs change, you can always seek out a modification. This ensures that you and your ex always have a parenting plan that addresses your child's current needs. You'll probably be able to relax in knowing that you don't have to try to shoehorn your child's needs into a plan that no longer fits.

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