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Prepping for positive co-parenting

A co-parenting agreement might seem burdensome to a Texas parent who has a tough time getting along with their ex-spouse. Nonetheless, it is necessary to note that children have lasting connections to both parents and that working together as peacefully as possible benefits them. In making the best of a co-parenting plan, it is important to see the child's other parent as a partner.

Although marriage is a special type of partnership, there are many child-oriented partnerships that do not require significant emotional involvement and interaction. For example, working with educators requires a level of cooperation, which may serve as a helpful model for dealing with one's ex-spouse in parenting matters. A solution-based focus can be a strategy for avoiding delving into hurts of the past. Remain as objective as possible while looking for realistic solutions to problems that crop up in scheduling, decision-making about education, and other areas.

An argumentative ex-spouse may insist on negativity in spite of the other party's efforts at diplomacy. In such cases, it can be tempting to respond similarly, but this deviates from resolving issues. Make it a point to avoid arguing. Define boundaries for communication, promptness, and compromises in the co-parenting plan. Recognize that there will be days that do not go as planned, and be ready to stick with a positive approach to co-parenting in spite of occasional failures.

In some cases, child custody and visitation issues can prove to be difficult to maintain as originally ordered at the time of divorce. In some cases, a legal change may be necessary to accommodate the changing needs of one parent after a job change or a move to another state. In other cases, a parent's disregard of custody and visitation terms may result in enough problems that a change is warranted. This may require a return to court if the other party is uncooperative in restructuring a co-parenting plan. A lawyer might be able to assist a parent update custody and visitation terms with the court.

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