Having to have your child split his or her time between you and your ex is probably something that you don't want to think about. Most parents want to spend as much time as they can with their children. In the case of parents with a child custody order, following the order is important.
If you are just now getting started on the child custody issue, you need to understand what options you have for handling problems that arise. You and your ex can try to work out an agreement together so that you the two people who know your child the best, you and your ex, are making the decisions. If that doesn't work, you can turn to the court for answers.
We know that this is a lot for a parent to take in, but it is absolutely necessary that you scrutinize the order for child custody so that you can comply with it. If you don't comply with the child custody order or if your ex doesn't comply, the case can be brought back in front of the court.
Each time an issue with child custody comes up, you need to think about what is best for your child. What would your child want? What does your child need? Will being a bit flexible make life easier or better for your child? What can you do to help your child? As you answer those questions and keep the focus on your child, you might find that it is much easier to determine what needs to be done for every issue that comes up.