As a parent, your child is at the center of your life. This does not change when you go through a divorce, and in fact, it might be more important than ever to prioritize his or her well-being. One way of prioritizing your child throughout the divorce process is to commit to addressing child custody and support in a clear, mature way.
Prioritizing child custody
If you are concerned about protecting and fostering your relationship with your child, you need to be focused on child custody. Whatever your custody and visitation arrangement ends up looking like, it should be conducive to maintaining that relationship. In general, it is better if you and your ex can reach a mutual agreement regarding custody. To make this decision, you should have a solid understanding of:
- Joint custody
- Sole custody
- Legal custody
- Physical custody
Prioritizing child support
Just like you can create your own child custody agreement, you and your ex can also work together to agree on child support. However, you will want to base your support calculations on North Carolina’s state guidelines. Since these guidelines can be a bit confusing, it is often helpful to have guidance.
Divorce can be a very emotional process, both for you and your child. You can take definitive steps toward easing some of the emotional struggle for your child, though. This is generally best accomplished by prioritizing your child to the best of your ability, such as by focusing on child custody and support. You can learn more about these processes by visiting our family law website.