Ideally, divorced parents in Texas who have a conflict about issues such as a child's activities would be able to talk to one another and resolve the conflict in that manner. However, this is not always the case. As a result, a parent might be tempted to take a relatively minor issue to court. This is not the best solution because judges prefer to not get involved in these types of parenting disputes.
Parents might considered working with a mediator who can help them attempt to reach a compromise that is satisfactory to both of them. If parents want the agreement to be legally binding, they can bring their attorneys back in. A co-parenting counselor can work with parents on conflict resolution and may be able to give them skills they can use in resolving future problems as well. Alternately, parents might agree to abide by the decision that a co-parenting coordinator makes. A co-parenting coordinator is a professional who listens to both sides like a judge makes a decision.
Some of these issues may be dealt with during a collaborative divorce in which parents hire collaborative lawyers and agree to avoid litigation. They may also bring in other experts, such as a child specialist, to come to legally binding decisions.
One thing parents should keep in mind is that if they can negotiate agreements, they may be happier with the resolution than if they have a judge or another professional like a co-parenting coordinator do it. Furthermore, children may adjust better if the divorce is low-conflict. Parents may want to try to include a method in the parenting agreement for handling any smaller conflicts that arise. For example, they might agree that if they cannot resolve a certain issue, they will see a mediator.