Whether you are a single parent without a current child custody arrangement, in the process of getting a divorce from your child's parent or are looking for an existing child custody agreement modification, there are lots of reasons to seek a better child custody situation. Every family's situation will be different and will have its own set of smooth sailing and bumps in the road. What a child custody agreement can do is to help illuminate responsibilities and rights of both parents when co-parenting a child from separate households. This is why it is important to seek the custody situation that is right for your family.
When parents want to share a fairly equal portion of the rights and responsibilities that it takes to raise a child, joint custody is often a popular option. However, even in joint custody situations, one parent oftentimes has slightly more control or responsibility than the other parent; it's rarely a totally even split. Even so, not all families are candidates for joint custody situations. Depending on a parent's past and capabilities, he or she may only be granted visitation privileges or limited rights with regard to decision making.
However, this scenario could be temporary if a parent is able to show to the court that they are able to meet their current parental obligations and are ready for more. These types of decisions are based heavily on the best interests of the child. If after some time a parent proves himself or herself to be worthy of a more responsible parenting situation, a custody modification can be requested. Remember to communicate with your child's parent at all steps of the child custody process to help ensure a smoother process.
Without communication, a smooth child custody arrangement can be very difficult to pull off. Every couple's relationship is different. Some have no problem getting along and others struggle due to things that have happened in the past. A child custody arrangement is designed with the best interests of the child in mind, so parents should keep that in mind.