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How to build a more effective co-parenting relationship

On Behalf of | Apr 28, 2024 | Child Custody |

Preparing for a post-divorce future can be an exciting time while still presenting certain challenges to many Texas spouses. This can especially be true for parents who are proceeding through the process of ending their marriage. The children’s happiness, relationships with each parent and overall future best interests are most likely a top priority for any plans and preparations made during this period.  

Since the majority of custody arrangements in the state of Texas allow both parents to remain actively involved in their children’s lives, establishing an effective co-parenting relationship can prove invaluable to the future best interests of all parties involved. Fortunately, there are specific actions that can help minimize potential conflict and contention, including the following: 

  • Implement a co-parenting schedule: Both parents sharing a monthly calendar that lists out many of the children’s future activities can eliminate potential stress and chaos.  
  • Establish boundaries: Discussing and planning out sensitive topics such as holidays, birthdays and what other individuals are allowed to spend time directly with the children can significantly reduce the chances of conflict between parents.  
  • Avoid negative comments regarding the other parent in front of the children: This can create a substantial amount of stress in the children who may begin to feel trapped between both parents.  
  • Utilize weekly check-ins: Establishing a certain time every week when both parents check in with each other regarding the children’s needs and any changes to upcoming plans can limit confusion and create a smoother co-parenting process.  

Last but not least, taking advantage of therapist’s services and self-care activities can help Texas parents recharge both physically and mentally when they do not have their children. Peace of mind can also be gained from knowing if any substantial issues or changes arise that require an adjustment to an existing custody arrangement, there is professional help and support readily available as well. An experienced family law attorney can answer all of a parent’s questions and concerns while working diligently toward achieving the desired outcome.