Having to come up with a child custody plan is a challenge, especially when your child’s other parent is argumentative. In these cases, it might feel like you are pulling a gator’s teeth out. Still, going through this is usually preferable to having to wait for the court to decide what to do. We know that you might want to know what you can do to make the situation easier to handle. We are here to help you figure out what to do.

You should remember that trying to go toe-to-toe with an argumentative person is almost always going to end up in a fight. We don’t want you to have to go through that. Instead, we will try to use alternative dispute resolution methods to help you and your ex come up with an agreement.

As you are thinking of the terms of the parenting plan, you must ensure that you are putting the child first. The court will still look at this when you present the plan for approval. We can help you review the potential agreement to determine if it is favorable.

Since this is a compromise, you have to be willing to let go of some things. Think about what you truly want for your children. As you consider various topics such as school, medical care and faith, write out a list of concerns. Denote the ones that you are going to stand firm on and jot down which ones you are willing to let your ex handle. Just remember that even some of the ones you are standing firm on might end up your ex’s way, depending on the situation at the time of the negotiations.

You might find that compromise doesn’t work. In that case, you will likely end up in a family law trial. We can help you through this scenario too.