Since you and your former spouse decided to dissolve your marriage and live separate lives in Florida, you have quite a transition ahead of you. For instance, how do you make the most of your time with your kids and your joint custody agreement? 

To help, see what Parents.com has to say about the matter. Rather than learn from your own mistakes, rely on the expertise and experience of others. 

Keep the focus on the kids 

One of the best things you and the other parent can do is think about your kids with every child custody decision you make. No matter how you may feel about your former spouse or your divorce, remember that your kids are not pawns. 

Mind what you say about the other parent 

Touching again on the other parent, do your best to bite your tongue whenever you feel tempted to speak ill against your ex-spouse. Remember, your kids come from both you and the other parent, so you do not want to make them into unintended targets of your ill-will. 

Be honest about your schedule and capabilities 

Operate with full honesty regarding your work and personal schedule when it comes to child custody. While you may want to spend several days in a row with your kids, your work schedule could drain your ability to be mentally present and engage when you have your kids. 

Learn how to communicate with your ex-spouse  

Maybe you and your former spouse ended things on bad terms and would rather keep communication to a minimum. If so, consider using shared calendars, text messages and expense logs to keep the lines of communication open. 

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice. 

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