Divorces not only affect the couple separating, but the children involved as well. Divorce can particularly impact young children. That’s why parents need to always put their child’s best interests first.
Very young children generally aren’t able to express their custodial preferences or interests. This leaves parents to make such decisions for them.
Understanding your child’s development
Children under 3 years old form close bonds with their caregivers. This has a great impact on their psychological and emotional development. Thus, you’ll want to spend a lot of time considering who will be most capable of caring for your child as their primary custodian, especially during their earliest stages of life.
Whichever one of you decides to be the primary custodian should be able to devote the necessary attention and time your child needs to supporting their growth. That same parent should be available to take your child to doctor’s appointments and drop them off and pick them up from day care or school as well.
Good co-parenting is best for kids
Studies show that children tend to fare better when their parents get along. Thus, it’s important for parents to come up with a mutually acceptable joint parenting plan. Taking into consideration career, available free time and other obligations will greatly help in sorting out a schedule.
If you are in the process of going through a divorce and have young children, there is a lot to think about in terms of their future upbringing. If they are too young to go to school, someone will need to look after them on a full-time basis, whether it’s a parent, day care or babysitter. A family law attorney may be able to help you sort through all the different things you need to consider to help ensure the best for your child.