On behalf of Tasha K. Schaffner of Schaffner Family Law posted in child custody on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
Parenting after a divorce can be complicated, even when two Kentucky parents work together to come to a beneficial resolution regarding complex issues, such as child custody and visitation. In order to avoid unnecessary complications and make things easier for children, parents often choose to co-parent or share joint custody.
Children benefit when they can maintain a strong relationship with both parents after divorce, and these types of parenting plans provide a way for them to do so. However, that does not mean that parents will always get along or never have another disagreement. One of the ways that parents can avoid continued conflict after divorce is to make sure that they have peaceful transitions when their kids go back and forth.
The art of a peaceful transition
Co-parenting or joint custody typically means that parents share custody or parenting time. This means that children will be going back and forth between two households, which can be difficult in the aftermath of the end of their parent’s marriage. By establishing a routine for these transitions, these changes can go smoothly and more peacefully. Some of the ways that parents can do this include:
Helping children understand when a transition is going to happen
Packing in advance to avoid last-minute stress
Dropping off instead of picking up the child
Helping children deal with strong emotions
Establishing and sticking to a routine
When parents are conscientious about the way that a divorce can affect their children, even after the divorce is final, it can help them stay focused on what is truly important: protecting the best interests of their kids.
A strong and sustainable parenting plan
Co-parenting is not always easy, but parents who make this choice do so for the benefit and well-being of their kids. The way to make this process work smoothly long after a divorce is final is to ensure that any parenting plan is sustainable. Both parents can talk through important issues and discuss concerns during negotiations or the collaborative divorce process.
From custody scheduling to how transitions should work, you have the ability to address these issues and make a plan that works for your family.
How can you protect your parental rights?
You can work to protect your parental rights, even in a co-parenting agreement. Sharing custody does not diminish your role as a parent. You will find great benefit in working closely with an experienced family law attorney to draft a plan that allows you to have a strong and active role in the lives of your children.