Child custody, visitation and co-parenting after divorce

A common source of disagreement for divorced parents in Pennsylvania is child custody and visitation. This is true whether the marriage was short-term or long-term. Children and related issues make divorce difficult, but it is useful to avoid acrimony with co-parenting. Many of these concerns can be handled with planning and patience.

For those who are worried about handling co-parenting disputes, there are strategies that can make the process easier. When there is a scheduling conflict, rather than fight over it, parents can show flexibility to keep the situation calm and benefit the child. If, for example, a parent wants to take the child to a sporting event or a show even though it is not a scheduled visitation day, allowing this can be a positive.

Diplomacy is critical. Children should not be a go-between for messages from one parent to the other as this can lead to misinterpretations and contentiousness. There are other methods of communication if the parents prefer not to speak directly. In addition, disciplining a child, creating schedules and establishing family rules require that the parents remain unified. If a parent says one thing and the other parent says another, this sparks confusion. Consistency is beneficial.

Special events are easily missed when parents have gotten divorced. To keep the other parent involved, taking pictures and videos of events and accomplishments will maintain a nurturing environment. Being upbeat about the other parent even if there is animosity will help the child to appreciate both parents. Negativity can be harmful, so taking steps to avoid it is wise.

When parental issues come to the forefront, it is important for the parents to consider the child’s needs. That is especially true with co-parenting. If problems arise, having legal advice from a law firm experienced in child custody and family law might help.


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