With any child custody case, it's everyone's job to make sure the child or children are put first. Their lives rely on the decisions of the adults around them.
This is why it's so important to work out a parenting plan with your ex-spouse. Even if you two are at odds, you need to do what you can to be positive around your child. Providing a stable home environment, even across two households, is essential to your child's life.
Divorces can negatively impact children
Divorces can negatively impact children, reacting to the stimuli around them. However, if you and your spouse focus on being kind to one another, then you may be able to change the way your child feels. For example, being respectful toward the other parent despite disagreements shows that you can be kind when facing adversity, and this is the kind of act that you want your child to pick up on. What you don't want is for your child to see you and the other parent arguing and calling each other names. This will only encourage them to react badly to the divorce, too.
Divorces tend to intensify children's sense of independence, because children may believe that they need to do more for themselves or because they have fewer adults around them to help them. As parents, it's your job to make sure your child is guided correctly as they adjust to changes in your lifestyle and continue to grow in a single-parent household. With a good parenting plan, you and your ex-spouse can keep things stable, helping your child understand what to expect.