After a divorce in Nebraska or any other state, it is critical that parents do what is in the best interests of their children. This may include putting aside their own differences to make this happen. It is important to note that parents do not need to do this on their own. Parent coordinators can help them overcome conflicts such as how rigid a parenting plan should be or how to resolve other problems related to raising a child.

Those who are raising children after a divorce should understand that the child’s other parent has value. Therefore, a child should have a relationship with both of his or her parents. This assumes that the other parent isn’t abusing the child or otherwise putting a son or daughter in harm’s way. If necessary, a parenting plan can help determine the extent to which each person has a relationship with a son or daughter after divorce.

The plan can also keep contact between parents to a minimum. Taking this step helps reduce the odds of a conflict developing or for parents to act in an uncivil manner toward each other in front of their children. Ideally, a mother or father will actively encourage the child to have a relationship with both parents.

In a child custody matter, the best interests of the child are the top priority. Depending on the age of the child, a judge may allow him or her to have a say in how a custody agreement is structured. An attorney may also be helpful in structuring a parenting plan that both parents can be content with. If necessary, a judge may make a child custody order using state law and other factors that he or she deems relevant.