Nothing is more stressful than dealing with shared
legal decision making and parenting time for the child/children involved in a divorce. Family attorneys and the courts agree that the parents should both participate
in sharing the responsibilities of parenting if at all possible. This
co-parenting situation has been proven to be the best option to ensure
that the children suffer the least as their parents separate.
In most cases of divorce, co-parenting will work well especially for the
children. However, if there is a substantial geographical distance between
the parents, scheduling becomes very difficult. Not only does organizing
long-distance visits become hard but it can also create a financial burden.
As seen in the following paragraphs, the benefits of the co-parenting
arrangement far outweigh the stresses.
Since the well being of your child/children is the main concern, both parents
must consider the child’s sense of security. Parents who are seen
working together as they co-parent, are better able to show the child
that all is well even though the living arrangements have changed. The
disruptive nature of the situation is lessened when the child can see
their parents sharing the parenting responsibilities in a non-confrontational
way. Adjustment to their new life is much easier when they feel a sense
of security and stability.
Children Enjoy Consistency
As difficult as it may seem, it is possible to agree upon a similar set
of rules and schedules between the two homes, thus giving your child a
feeling of consistency. Most children need a clear set of rules to follow
and parents should try to agree upon these rules and discuss them with
Co-parenting gives parents the opportunity to show the children how to
solve issues and problems in a diplomatic way. Many situations will arise
that could cause much contention between the parents and the child but
using diplomacy sets the tone for the child in the future. They will see
the example of their parents and then be more capable themselves to solve
problems and not hold grudges in the future.
If you have questions or need to discuss your own parenting plan in more
detail please get in touch with the divorce attorneys at
Arizona Family Law Attorneys
today. We can help you assess your situation and address potential issues
before they arise.