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Tips for negotiating coparenting after divorce

Some Texas fathers who are getting a divorce might be familiar with the stereotype that divorced fathers are uninterested in spending time with their children. The truth is that for many divorced fathers, time with their children is very important. Fathers may want to think about what kind of options will be acceptable to them regarding custody and visitation. Options they might consider include shared or joint physical custody or even sole custody.

When making custody and visitation arrangements and creating the parenting plan, the best interests of the children should be the first priority. The parenting plan is a document that addresses a number of topics including how they will communicate about the children, who will get the children on important holidays and who will be in charge of which extracurricular activities.

The plan should address these areas of potential conflict so that parents do not end up in court litigating them later. However, it also needs to be flexible enough to account for changing circumstances and the child's age. For example, one parent might remarry. This could change a number of aspects of the parenting plan. If the new spouse is not comfortable with dropoffs and pickups at the parents' homes, it may be necessary to make different arrangements such as doing the exchange at a public place.

This is just one example of the many issues that can arise after the divorce that may complicate custody and parenting agreements. For example, one parent might decide to move. If this involves custody and visitation, the parent may need to go to court to request a modification. If one parent has ties in another country, the other parent could be concerned about the possibility of an international abduction. Older children may decide they want to live with the other parent rather than the one who has custody of them.

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