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These 5 co-parenting tips can improve your life

As a parent dealing with life after divorce, it's imperative to turn your full attention to the well-being of your children. Co-parenting is not always easy, but the right approach will reduce stress and help you provide your children with a stable environment.

Here are five co-parenting tips to follow:

  • Put yourself in the other parent's shoes: It's easy to think about yourself, and nothing else, but a little bit of empathy can go a long way. Just because you don't get along with your ex-spouse doesn't mean you shouldn't care about their feelings.
  • Let flexibility guide you: A schedule is important to co-parenting success, but flexibility will help keep the peace. If the other parent asks for a schedule change, consider accommodating their request. Just the same, don't hesitate to ask for cooperation if something comes up on your end.
  • Pick your battles carefully: There are times when you have to disagree and argue with your ex. There are also times when you're better off sweeping the issue under the rug and moving on with your life.
  • Communicate clearly and efficiently: You can't assume that you know what the other parent is thinking. You can't assume that your ex knows your thoughts. Keeping an open line of communication improves the likelihood of successful co-parenting. It doesn't matter if you communicate face to face, over the phone or via text, as long as you're both comfortable.
  • Don't talk about your personal life: Things change after divorce, but that doesn't mean you have to share your new life with your ex-spouse. For example, if you're dating and it has no impact on your children, don't assume you have to share this with your ex. Keep your personal life personal!

Help! My special needs child isn't adjusting to the divorce

Many children struggle mightily to adjust to their parents getting divorced. If your child is on the autism spectrum or has other developmental delays, it can even be more challenging to sort out custody matters.

Some parents decide to think outside of the box in these instances. One potential option is something referred to as "bird's nest parenting."

After an expunction, can you say it never occurred?

You get arrested when you are 20 years old and in college. A criminal charge gets filed, and you cannot believe the turn your life has taken. You never expected to be here and you worry about what it means for your future.

Ultimately, the charges get dismissed. You never go to trial, you never stand before a jury and you certainly never get convicted.

Helping your child cope: Handling a divorce

You and your spouse decided to get a divorce because the nightly ritual of arguing with one another wasn't something you wanted to put your child through. Your child started to mention that you don't get along, and you know it's beginning to influence his or her behaviors.

Now that you've decided to take a step toward divorce, you want to be certain that your child will benefit as much as possible from the split. How can you make sure your child stays happy and healthy, though, when both parents aren't in the same home?

What if my spouse and I can't agree on how to divide our assets?

It is incredibly common for couples going through a divorce to disagree on key points. Child custody arrangements and financial support are often hotly contested issues. It is also very common for couples to disagree about how assets from the marriage should get split up between the spouses. The more assets you have, the easier it is for a disagreement to occur.

Disagreements can quickly become emotional, with both of you feeling a desire to "win" this final battle. If you can't come to terms about how to divide your assets and you don't have a prenuptial agreement on record, the courts will step in and handle the asset division process for you.

Does the higher income spouse always get custody of the kids?

It is a common belief that parents with a higher income have the advantage in custody proceedings. This belief, however, is not entirely accurate. While finances are one piece of a custody proceeding, they are not the decision-maker.

So, how is custody decided? What factors besides income are considered?

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