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Should New York parents consider co-parenting for child custody?

Nothing may have come more easily to New York parents than loving their children. From the moment they were born, the kids likely became the center point of their parents' lives. Now that they are going through divorce, however, those parents may feel a sense of worry when it comes to finding the best child custody terms.

One of the first thoughts that may come to mind when thinking about custody arrangements may relate to co-parenting. This type of arrangement has been gaining in popularity, but is it the best possible option? For many families, it may not be. Specific circumstances could easily impact what custody terms work best, and moving forward with a co-parenting-based plan may not be wise for everyone.

One reason that this option may not be the best could depend on each parent's behavior. For example, if one parent is neglectful, abusive or has spiteful tendencies, co-parenting may not be an effective custody arrangement. This avenue would require that the parents continue to work together to actively play parts in their children's lives, and that may not be possible for some former couples.

Each family is different, and because of these difference, the choices made during child custody proceedings also differ from case to case. New York parents may wish to take the time to ensure that the custody terms they come to will have the best impact on their children possible. In order to learn more about possible custody arrangements, interested parents may wish to consult with knowledgeable attorneys.

Source:, "When Co-Parenting Is Impossible", Karen Finn, Dec. 16, 2017

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