Couples divorcing in Texas must divide a lot of their assets, and it can be a headache to deal with. However, the most important and often most difficult task is the division of parental responsibilities. In this part of the divorce, you’re likely to go through a long process of deciding how co-parenting will work and if the other parent is even suitable to take care of children. Fortunately, many couples do find some sort of agreement, but that is not the end of the process. The following includes a few tips on co-parenting after a divorce.
Work as a team
Remember, they may be your former spouse, but they are still your children’s father/mother. Positive and effective communication should remain in order to provide your child with the best life possible. Some items that require good communication include:
- Educational choices
- Medical decisions
- Travel restrictions
- Show empathy toward your children
You may not think that your children are old enough to understand the seriousness of divorce, but they do. Even if they do not understand what divorce is, they do understand that their routine has changed, and they no longer see mom and dad together. That is why it is so important to show empathy toward them and allow them to tell you how they feel and what they are worried about.
Putting your kids first
It’s also important to be flexible with your schedule. The fact is that if you and your former spouse agree on schedule changes, you do not have to go to court. However, flexibility should be used as a means of putting your kids first, even if you don’t like it. For example, if their mother wants to take an extra day to take them to the carnival or a movie, then see if the children are on board with it. Fighting against the idea when your children want to spend extra time with your co-parent can lead to resentment against you.
As you can see from the information above, there are many areas to cover after agreeing on a co-parenting plan. You can always have an attorney at the ready as a manner of protecting yourself and your children.