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Strategies that might help divorced co-parents

| Jan 29, 2020 | Divorce |

Some Arizona residents who are divorced share a child with their ex-spouse. Most would agree that separating from their child’s parent was not an easy thing to do. In addition to sorting through their own pain, they must strive to make decisions that take their child’s best interests into consideration.

This might mean that divorced co-parents need to show flexibility when it comes to the time they spend with their children. The court usually sets the calendar for child visitation. Still, there may be times when a parent decides to yield if doing so is in the best interests of the child.

For example, a parent and their daughter may have the custom of going to the season opener of their favorite sporting team every year. The season opener may fall on the date that the other parent is scheduled to have custody. Flexibility and considering the best interests of the child may cause the parent who has custody to yield their time to the other parent so that their child is happy.

Communication issues may have led to the divorce, but co-parents need to resolve these issues in a way that does not harm their child. Parents should avoid using their child as a go-between. Children do a poor job relaying information. If the information being relayed is negative, the child will have to deal with the negative reaction of their parent.

In a perfect world, both parents would be interested in the well-being of their children. However, in some cases, it is clear that a parent does not have the well-being of their child in mind. One parent may need the assistance of a family law attorney to prove that having sole custody is in their child’s best interest. A family law attorney may help their client defend their right for custody in court and work to prove that they are the best parent to have primary guardianship of their child.

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