Divorce has offered some Arizona parents a fresh start in life. Even though it has its benefits, ex-spouses who share custody of their children may still experience challenges related to co-parenting. However, there are a few ways parents can face these challenges head-on.
The last thing that parents want to do is to have their children serve as mediators. The divorce was between the parents, and that’s where it should stay. Even in small matters, parents should not make their children communicate for them. Furthermore, a parent should allow their child to openly discuss things that are going on in both households.
Divorced parents who share child custody can eliminate miscommunication and confusion by planning schedules ahead of time. They can use an online calendar to determine where their children will spend their weekends and vacations. This allows all parties involved to have access to the information ahead of time. Some divorced parents have found that communicating via the Internet is easier than talking on the phone or communicating in person. They can discuss school concerns, medical information, time-sharing and other matters through email, text messages or co-parenting websites in order to keep conflict to a minimum.
It’s important to be honest with children and give them as much age-appropriate information as possible. Encouraging false hope that the parents will get back together is likely to lead to distrust and disappointment.
Individuals in co-parenting situations face unique challenges. A family law attorney may be able to help a client if they have questions about child custody, visitation schedules or settlement agreements.