Parents who are dealing with child custody disputes or simply trying to reach an initial agreement may find resources like child psychologists, educators and, of course, lawyers who can help with custody issues. Further, there’s a wealth of information available in the form of books, DVDs and audio; some of which is geared to parents looking for help resolving disputes or coping with the process, while others are made to address children’s questions and concerns.
Of course, books and websites may not be a replacement for the guidance and support of real people. A licensed family therapist can help you and your children adjust to new custody arrangements and work through issues that may be holding you back. You also may find that support groups can be beneficial because you can meet other parents who face custody disputes and emotional challenges similar to your own.
Custody rights groups have cropped up across the country in the past couple of decades. Many of these groups were started to address the needs of fathers who felt the family court system treated them unfairly when trying to resolve disputes, but groups also exist to help advocate for and provide help with custody issues to mothers as well as parents with disabilities.
Creating and Managing Custody Plans
Today’s families are often on the go, so it can be tricky keeping parenting plans straight. There are online resources as well as software programs that can help you and your ex create a parenting plan and to keep track of your custody schedule once it is in place. This can go a long way to making your co-parenting easier and less stressful.
Of course, one of the best resources for help with custody issues when resolving disputes is a family law attorney. Your attorney can advise you of all your options and fight for the best interests of you and your children in a child custody dispute.