Law Offices of Linda Risinger
Call for a free initial consultation 972-294-6533

Can a divorced couple co-parent?

The American Coalition for Fathers & Children reports that the "vast majority of kids want more time" with the non-custodial parent following a divorce. While there are some situations in which it is difficult to stay connected, in general, the State of Texas presumes that children need to have contact with both parents and encourages parents to stay involved with their children. If two people cannot live together and parent, how can they ever learn to co-parent following the divorce? It is possible.

Here are some tips to help you and the other parent work together:

  • Remember that co-parenting is the best option for the children. It helps them to feel more secure, and they benefit from the consistency of rules and rewards between homes. It sets an example for getting along and for problem-solving that may help your child do better in school and social settings.
  • Separate your feelings from your behavior. You might be hurt and angry, and you probably have every right to be, but do not let these feelings dictate how you behave. Think of your divorce as a new relationship with your ex-spouse. It is not going to be easy, but when you stay focused on what is important (your kids), you can remember why you need to act with grace and purpose.
  • Do not use the kids as messengers. Keep negative feelings about your ex to yourself, and do not try to compete with the other parent. Your child has enough love to go around. Make good memories with your time instead of complaining.
  • Find a mediator who can help you with the big problems. Learn from your mediator for the next time.
  • Before saying anything, think about what is best for the child. Breathe and be flexible.
  • Create an online calendar that can be updated by both of you. Give the other parent the opportunity to be present during doctor's appointments and school events. No, you do not have to be the secretary, but a shared calendar is good for communication.
  • Aim for some consistency when it comes to rules and schedules. Try to get your child to bed around the same time as the other parent. Make sure schoolwork is done before playtime.
  • Co-parenting is not 50/50 parenting, it is shared parenting.

Find a lawyer who focuses on your goals

When you are kid-focused, you likely want your attorney to be kid-focused as well. Instead of fighting over who gets Wednesday afternoons, find a solution that fits your child, which is preferred to letting the courts decide when you each see your child. Rise above your marital disagreements and find a way to work together for your kids.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
FindLaw Network

How To Avoid The Courtroom

Find Your Resolve
  • Testimonials From Our Clients

    "I hired Linda on Monday and by Friday my was son was back home with me! Her price is reasonable and her staff is wonderful. Thank you so much Linda for everything you did for me and my son."
    -Jennifer, CPS client

    Client Testimonials
Email Us For a Response

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Contact Our Team Today

Get Answers To Your Family Law Concerns

Law Offices of Linda Risinger
2591 Dallas Parkway
Suite 300
Frisco, TX 75034

Phone: 972-294-6533
Fax: 214-271-0055
Map & Directions
Frisco Law Office Map

  • ABA | American Bar Association
  • Frisco Bar | The State Of Texas | Association
  • State Bar Of Texas | Created in 1939