One of the most difficult aspects of a divorce for parents is the issue of child custody. It is never easy to consider this issue, but it is necessary for parents to make decisions that will be in the best interests of their children long-term. Even if you have strong feelings about how custody should work between you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you may find that it is best for your situation to try and resolve this matter through discussions and negotiations.
When parents are willing and able to negotiate an agreement, they may be able to reach terms that are best suited for their individual situation. No one knows your kids and your family like you do, and you and the other parent may be able to create an order that is suitable for the unique details of your specific family arrangement. Before you agree to any terms, however, you will benefit from learning about all of the options available to you.
Options for resolving remaining disputes
There are different ways to resolve ongoing custody disputes. You may find that you and your spouse need a bit of assistance to work through these matters, despite a willingness to remain cooperative. In this case, you may benefit from formal alternative dispute resolution methods. Mediation and other processes employ the assistance of third-party professionals that can help each of you make practical and sustainable decisions that will benefit the entire family for years to come.
However, you also have the option of negotiating the terms of your custody and visitation order out of court. If you and your spouse are willing to work together, you can create a strategy that is sustainable and practical. It is critical that you consider the potential short-term and long-term implications of the choices you make, as well as the impact that your choices could have on your children.
Subject to court approval
Any child custody or visitation order is subject to the approval of an Alaska family court. The court will determine if all parties fairly negotiated the agreement, and if it is in the best interests of the child and does not favor one parent significantly more than the other. In order to create the best possible order for your family, you may benefit from professional assistance as you navigate these sensitive issues.