“Co-parenting” is a term often coined when a child’s parents are making decisions about their well-being from separate households. It is possible to co-parent efficiently and with the best interests of the child in mind. A child custody agreement can help to make this possible. There are a few things to consider when you are going through the custody process for the first time.

Not everyone going through a child custody process is getting divorced. Some parents were never married. Many parents have concerns about how co-parenting, custody and decisions will be made for the child. Others want to be sure that the child has a smooth transition into a new child custody agreement. Whatever issue is your top concern, the hope is that it can be addressed adequately and swiftly during the child custody process.

There are a few types of custody, including both physical and legal custody. Beyond that, parents could have joint custody or a split custody type of situation put into place. When deciding on child custody issues, the parents and, if left to the courts, the judge, will consider a variety of factors, including the best interests of the child, health of the parents, both mental and physical, school, connections with family members and other factors when deciding on these issues. The hope is that both parents can equally contribute to a child’s upbringing in a positive and child-centered way.

As you can imagine, each child custody arrangement is a little different, to account for nuances in the personal situations of both parents and child. The goal is to personalize the child custody arrangement as much as possible to allow for all to prosper and see positives in the arrangement. But sometimes circumstances can change, and that’s why a family may be seeking amendments to the original child custody arrangement.