When Arizona parents decide to divorce, the logistical and emotional efforts involved in co-parenting can weigh heavily. Even the most amicable of divorcing spouses can face struggles when it comes to co-parenting, as each parent has to deal with the reality of not being with his or her child full-time. By keeping several guidelines in mind, divorcing parents can help to make the journey towards successful co-parenting easier and less stressful for both themselves and their children.
Child custody and visitation are some of the most contentious matters among many parents who divorce. Even after a parenting plan has been set and a custody schedule agreed upon, the logistical details of sharing custody can be confusing. This is one reason why keeping a shared calendar is critically important for every member of the family. Whether using an online service or multiple printed calendars, the key is to ensure that custody changes, visitation time, medical appointments, school events and family functions are tracked.
Planning in advance can also help to prevent snags when it comes to parenting time. When various people in different households have to be involved to make a plan, early scheduling can be a key to success. In addition, documented and trackable communication is often the best mechanism for parents sharing custody time. By using email or other forms of online written communication, parents can help to avoid misunderstandings and refer back when necessary. Of course, in case of a dispute, written documentation can also be critical.
A parent who is moving toward divorce may be most concerned about how the end of the marriage will affect his or her access to and involvement with the children. A family law attorney can represent a divorcing parent to protect the parent-child relationship and secure a fair agreement on child custody and visitation.