One of the most difficult parts of divorce has to do with child custody. Not only is it difficult to have to split time with your child between you and your ex, but the issues surrounding custody and visitation will continue until your child is at least 18.
There are many specific issues that may come up during that time. For instance, your ex may take your child on a trip without telling you. If your visitation arrangement doesn’t specifically make it a rule to discuss trips, your ex-spouse may not have to tell you where they are going as long as it is safe. In a situation like this, it may be best to try to explain to your ex that you want to know about your child’s whereabouts for safety reasons.
Other issues that might come up have to do with scheduled parenting time. A parent may bring the child back late or may not come on time to pick up the child. While this may be okay once in a while, when it becomes a habit, it can be difficult for both the child and the parent. The best approach is, again, to discuss your feelings with the ex directly. If that doesn’t work, you may have to work with your attorney to seek assistance from the courts. If an ex ever fails to return the child, he or she could be breaking laws or violating the custody order, and may face consequences.
In our next post we will continue the discussion on the types of child custody issues that may arise during and after divorce.