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Do you know how to negotiate child custody?

When it comes to a child custody, nobody is a winner. Even if you are happy with the outcome, the same may not be said for the other parent.

If you find yourself negotiating child custody, if you want to get the best possible outcome, there are things you need to do. There are also things you should avoid, such as bad-mouthing the other parent at every turn of the road. This may sound like a good idea, but it will actually work against you.

Here are three additional tips for negotiating child custody:

-- Stick to the facts. You don't want to make up lies about your ex-partner. Again, it sounds like a good idea, but it is only going to bog down the process. Stick to the facts and the truth no matter what.

-- Think of your child first. Even if you aren't happy with the outcome, you should be on board with the idea if it is truly what is best for your child. There is nothing more important than this, as you don't want your child to be impacted by the separation.

-- Be careful of what you are asking for. You need to fully understand the many types of child custody. Going one step further, make sure you know how each type of custody will affect every party involved.

These are the types of things to consider when negotiating child custody. There are many details that are sure to come to the forefront, and you must know how to deal with each and every one.

Source: Psychology Today, "Three Rules for Negotiating Child Custody," accessed Oct. 21, 2015

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