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Parents may need to keep emotions about child custody in check

When Pennsylvania parents must confront child custody agreements, they may have a difficult time coming to terms with the fact that they will likely see their children less often. Many different emotions can stem from such situations, and if parents are not careful, these emotions could negatively affect their children. By handling child custody situations in the best way possible, parents may be able to make the most out of the time they have with their children.

It is not uncommon for one parent to feel jealous when their children spend time with the other parent. While it may be difficult to ignore such feelings, it is important that they are not expressed in front of the children. If they are, the kids may think that they are somehow to blame, which could negatively affect their relationship with one or both parents.

It is likely that divorced parents will continue to need to make decisions together when it comes to their kids. Thus, understanding that compromise may be necessary is very important. Being prideful when it comes to decision making can make circumstances much more difficult, and some parents may need to realize that conceding on certain points may make situations better for their children.

Due to the varying relationships between the parents post-divorce, coming to child custody agreements can be a different process from family to family. Therefore, it is best for parents to assess their specific circumstances to determine what choices may be right for them and their children. Pennsylvania child custody proceedings can also vary from other regions across the country, and having information on such processes in the state could also help in the decision-making process.

Source: The Huffington Post, "7 Deadly Sins of Co-Parenting", Valerie DeLoach, June 13, 2014

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