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Co-parenting under stress

Most divorced or separated parents in Texas work hard to maintain a positive relationship with the other parent of their child or children. Unfortunately, there are situations in which one parent is no longer acting in good faith and engages in toxic behavior. This behavior can make it difficult for the parents to work together to meet the needs of their children.

There are several things that a parent can do when trying to co-parent with someone who is actively hostile or who has a tendency to create drama with minimal provocation. The first is to maintain appropriate boundaries with the other parent. This means not engaging in conversation about trivial matters, especially those that do not involve the children directly.

Parents should also refrain from sharing details about their personal life with the other parent and should be cautious in what they disclose to their children. It is also a good idea for parents to be aware of issues that are likely to trigger an argument or a hostile reaction, and when possible, avoid these issues.

No matter how unpleasant the relationship between parents gets, it is important to not express these feelings to the child or children. Parents should respect the terms of the child custody agreement and should encourage children to have a positive relationship with the other parent.

Individuals who are concerned about their child custody arrangement, including parenting time and child support payments, may benefit from speaking with an experienced family law attorney. The lawyer may be able to review the client's case and make recommendations regarding ways that the client can minimize conflict or even modify the current agreement if it appears to be in the best interest of the child or children to do so.

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