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Maintaining a healthy co-parenting relationship in divorce

Barring dangerous situations such as domestic violence, divorcing parents in Florida will still need to collaborate to effectively raise their children. When it comes to co-parenting, exes should set aside their issues with one another and work to support the kids. This includes not putting the child in the middle by venting about the other parent or having the child take messages back and forth.

A parenting plan can establish guidelines for the co-parenting relationship. It should have information on the custody schedule, such as when the child is with each parent, including holidays, and how exchanges will happen. Other points to include are plans for how parents will communicate with one another and resolve conflicts, how decisions will be made and how the plan will be changed if doing so is necessary. An attorney may be helpful in creating a functional parenting plan and addressing specific concerns about the co-parenting relationship.

Parents who are struggling can turn to friends and family for support. However, this may not always be enough, and they may also want to seek professional help. This could involve family therapy, individual therapy or both. Children may also benefit from the opportunity to speak to a professional.

Another major concern after divorce is managing how a child will meet a parent's new partner. This could be addressed in the parenting agreement. Parents can also make an effort to establish consistent rules between their households.

There are a variety of custody and visitation arrangements that may suit parents and children. For example, parents may want to share custody so the child is able to spend about the same amount of time with each of them. An attorney at a child custody law firm may be able to answer questions about the types of custody arrangements available.

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