The process of deciding how child custody is awarded is often very daunting, regardless of the age of the child or the circumstances of each parent. However, when disputes arise between Florida parents, this process is particularly tough. At the Wallace Law Firm, we know that disputes centered around a newborn are especially emotional and hard to work through for each parent. If you and your ex cannot agree on key custody issues and you have a newborn, it is important to approach this area with additional care.
With newborns, it can be hard to divide custody between two parents (especially if the child nurses). For example, a nursing newborn may not be able to spend too much time away from his or her mother. Moreover, such a young child is not enrolled in school, so both parents may have to work through issues involving their schedules in order to take care of the child. If parents are able to reach an agreement on custody matters regarding their newborn, this can be immensely helpful. Unfortunately, this simply is not always possible.
There are a number of factors that the parents of a newborn should consider. Aside from nursing, other topics such as medical care should be taken into consideration. A unique schedule could help, such as one which allows the father to visit his child more frequently but for shorter periods. Moreover, these issues may be temporary and when the child is older it is usually easier to divide custody between two parents. Go over our website if you want to read more material on establishing custody and working through a dispute.