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Tips for effective co-parenting after divorce

For parents in Texas, co-parenting after a divorce may be difficult. However, unless there is a situation such as abuse, it is important to try to do so effectively.

A parent should keep in mind that it is important to encourage the child's attachment to the other parent. Parents speaking negatively about one another can be bad for a child. Parents should focus on the best interests of the child and try to be flexible about arrangements for access to the child.

It can be difficult for parents who are in the middle of an acrimonious separation or who have gone through a contentious divorce to set those emotions aside, but it is important to do so for the child's well-being. There are concrete steps parents can take to make this process less difficult. One is to put a schedule in place for possession and access. Parents can choose neutral places, such as school, for drop-offs and pickups to ease tension.

Some parents may find therapy helpful in working through those emotions and not allowing them to interfere with the task of co-parenting. If necessary, they can bring in a third party to help them communicate such as a psychologist or clinical social worker. This third party may be particularly helpful if parents have conflicting approaches to raising their children.

People may be more likely to create a healthy co-parenting relationship if they are able to negotiate a custody agreement instead of having a court battle. However, even if this is not possible, they might be able to work out a functioning relationship following litigation. An agreement that touches on any elements of the situation that concern a parent and makes consistent rules between households may help.

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