When it comes to child custody issues, it can be easy to let emotions take control. With children, it can be an emotional roller coaster for parents going through a divorce. But according to Julie Ross and Judy Corcoran in a recent Huffington Post column, if parents consider custody issues with a business mindset, the process will be much smoother.
Negotiating with an ex can be difficult, but it is important to think of the relationship as a business partnership rather than a former emotional and physical connection. Picking battles can lead to a more productive process.
“Whether you’re battling over the kids’ camp plans, the visitation schedule or unhealthy eating habits, consider your children to be your most valuable assets and your ex as a client with whom you must work in order to keep those assets intact,” the family experts explain.
Another business strategy that can benefit child custody conversations is to find a neutral location to hold negotiations. There’s a reason business professionals take clients out to lunch or meet in a public place. Coffee shops, park benches and museums are wonderful, calming and public options.
According to Help Guide, it is important for divorced parents to separate feelings from behavior. If a parent must get feelings out, it is advisable to do so with friends or therapists instead of to an ex or in front of a child.