In Texas, divorce has many complications. One that frequently comes to light is how it impacts families and parents spending time with children. Even after the divorce is complete, access to children can be challenging and sow the seeds for discord. Co-parenting is a viable alternative in some cases, but it is important to understand how to craft an agreement that has a good chance of being successful.
Making co-parenting work
With co-parenting, the parents will combine their efforts at raising the child rather than operate individually during periods in which the child is with them. Collaboration is a key part of co-parenting as the sides must come to an agreement on how to deal with the child. Each parent will be involved in key matters like medical care, schooling and how to allocate time spent with each parent. They may also consult on smaller matters for the good of the child and his or her development.
Avoiding common challenges with co-parenting
There are important points to remember about co-parenting. There may be lingering negative feelings from the breakdown of the marital relationship. It is not a good idea to get angry with the other parent about past issues or disagreements regarding the child. Civility can go a long way toward benefiting the child. For example, each parent might have different areas in which they can be categorized as the authority. If one is focused on education, it could be positive to defer to that parent. Extracurricular activities could be the other parent’s area. Agreement and flexibility is vital. Children should not be caught in the middle with the parents sending messages to the other as this puts the child in an awkward position. The parents must communicate. Plans should be consistent and keep the child involved if it is appropriate.
Legal assistance formulating parenting plans and handling problems
It is wise for parents to be on the same page with custody and visitation. This can be imperative for the parents and especially the child. However, not all cases are smooth. Even in circumstances where the parents are on relatively amicable terms and are trying to co-parent, problems can arise. This can include relocation, modifying a plan and determining when the child will be with each parent. If the parents had a contentious relationship, this can spark full-blown conflict. Having a firm legal foundation and being protected is fundamental with any aspect of family law. Consulting with experienced legal professionals can help with these situations.