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How can I make co-parenting work after a divorce?

One of the most contentious issues during the process of a divorce is child custody. While all parents want what is best for their child, it is not uncommon for there to be major disagreements between parents as to what is actually in a child's best interest.

During these times, there are several things both sides should keep in mind to keep things as amicable as possible, and to protect their children from harm that may come from a contentious relationship. Emotions often run high during a divorce. This is expected. It is important, however, to keep these emotions in check, especially in the presence of your children. The children need to be protected from animosity between parents. This means never using the children as messengers. Putting a child in the middle of a conflict can be stressful to a child at the time, and could lead to resentments and further damage to a child's upbringing later in life.

There are occasions, however, when parents are able to work in a fair and professional manner and develop a solid and productive arrangement. If this can be proven to the courts, there is a possibility that joint custody could be awarded.

It is not always easy to work with your ex-spouse in developing a schedule to create fair parenting time for both parents with their children. It takes effort, time and patience from all parties. Understanding how the courts come to decisions regarding child custody can also be helpful. Many divorcing couples have found success in getting their decisions reached by working with a law firml familiar with divorce and family law.

Source: Helpguide.org, "Co-Parenting Tips for Divorced Parents," Accessed Aug. 28, 2017

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