Divorce brings many complexities to your life. No, perhaps more accurately, it brings different complexities to your life. Take, for instance, divorce for a couple who is in their 50s or 60s. Their children are now adults, possibly with children of their own. So during the divorce, there will be no prolonged or contentious discussions of child custody or visitation issues, nor will there be any questions relating to child support payments.
When a married couple looks towards retirement, they hope to have achieved some degree of financial stability. With the children gone, they may sell the family home, and with the proceeds of that sale, buy something smaller and that they will own outright. This allows them to eliminate the mortgage payment and the hidden cost of interest payments on that mortgage.
Trust is often one of the first victims of a divorce. The parents of the children no longer trust each other. This causes many additional problems for the continuing relationship that the parents must retain, and may lead to an increasing reliance on judicially ordered actions.
A child custody dispute can be challenging and exhausting. During the divorce, you will have enough issues to work through that unless it is absolutely necessary, the more you can do to reduce the conflict and stress of your child custody arrangements, the better. One way to do this is to avoid mistakes or other errors during the process that will not benefit your arguments or strengthen your case.
In our last post, we noted that there are five types of child custody employed in Missouri. Joint physical and legal custody has the child or children spending part of their time with each parent and grants both parents legal authority to make significant decisions regarding the children. Nevertheless, there are other variations used in a custody determination, which may be better suited to your specific situation.