Thursday, April 27, 2006

Joint custody works, but it's not easy

Joint custody works, but it's not easy
By Kirsten Feldman

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My children's father and I separated and then divorced several years ago, when my son was in kindergarten. Next year he'll be starting middle school.

I certainly think my children have benefited from joint custody, in our case meaning that they might spend some nights at their father's house and some nights at ours in a given week, and we trade off for vacations and holidays.

Their father and I are amicable, and we have worked out the intricacies of having bicycles, and homework, and sports equipment in the right place at the right time. We attend teacher conferences together. We have resolved thorny issues involving religion and dentistry and Christmas dinner. I hope we are setting a good example for our children of how to relate to someone with whom you differ.

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1 Comments:

Blogger cage126 said...

Great to hear it can work! We just had our divorce trial last week and were granted joint physical custody, much to my ex-wife's chagrin. She's hopping mad at the moment and shows no intention of working together, which is why she didn't get custody in the first place.

I'm going to make an honest go of it and work hard to do right by the kids, but I have a feeling we'll be back in court before long.

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