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Co-parenting may be a solution for some Texas divorces

Co-parenting, also known as shared parenting or joint parenting, is a technique by which couples who are no longer together can share parenting activities and responsibilities in a way that fosters both of their relationships with their child. Co-parenting requires that the parents be able to communicate with each other effectively and without animosity about their shared child custody.

Parents need to be able to work together to create an environment that's consistent and stable for their child. Researchers have found that when parents experience less conflict with each other, children experience less disruption and exhibit fewer negative behaviors. Some parents have even written books about the co-parenting experience and how to successfully achieve it. They have stated that the process requires maturity and growth but that it is achievable.

The book written by one set of parents says that parents should put a clear plan together and put it in writing. This prevents the plan from changing in the future due to emotions. The list should be short and simple but clear. The emphasis also needs to be on supporting the children and giving them what they need rather than quantifying the amount of time or quality time that each parent gets with the child.

Custody issues can get very difficult during a divorce. Is very important for both spouses to have an objective party to look over the documents and clarify them. Texas parents will find that some courts have been leaning heavily towards giving full custody to one parent for the stability of a child, so it's very important that both parents be on the same page about the possibility of co-parenting and be ready to agree on the important aspects.

Source: Lancaster Online, "Learn to co-parent successfully after divorce", Kimberly Marselas, July 23, 2013

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