When a marriage comes to an end, the one thing spouses are focused on is moving on with their new single life. However, this can be challenging when one is still required to have some contact and communication with their ex. When children are involved, divorcing parents in Texas and elsewhere will need to figure out a way to work through their differences as they share time with their child. Whether it was an amicable divorce or messy divorce, it is still possible for divorced parents to collaborate and work out a shared parenting arrangement.
What can help parents in a co-parenting arrangement? Much like no two divorces are the same, no two co-parenting arrangements are the same. Nonetheless, there are certain tips divorced parents should consider when developing and entering into a co-parenting relationship. Once a joint custody arrangement has been set, it is important to be consistent with parenting styles. It is important to be on the same page when it comes to rules and discipline. It is also important to maintain structure, such as having the same routine and schedule.
Although it can be challenging, it is vital to communicate. Parents need to stay in touch and talk about what is happening with their child and what the child needs from either parent. No matter how frustrating the situation can get, it is important that parents leave the kids out of it. This is also why divorced parents need to continually work at keeping things civil. Because joint custody means having to see an ex-spouse, it can be difficult to not have old wounds open up. It is best to leave the baggage at home and focus on keeping a working co-parenting arrangement.
Whether you seek sole custody, joint custody, a shared parenting agreement or visitation rights, it is important to understand your situation and what options are available to you. These matters can get complex, resulting in a custody battle. Thus, divorcing parents should take the time to become informed, seeking guidance to help protect their rights.
Source: Fatherly, "7 Traits All Successful Co-Parenting Arrangements Share," Jeremy Brown, Feb. 1, 2018