Child custody agreements can be complex and stressful, especially if you and your ex-partner have different parenting styles or if there is a lot of conflict between you. However, there are a number of things you can do to create a child custody agreement that is fair and workable for both of you, and that will help to minimize stress for your children.
The more specific your child custody agreement is, the less room there is for interpretation and conflict. Be sure to include specific details about the following:
Effective communication is key to a successful child custody agreement. It's critical to remember that written communication might be your most dependable ally while dealing with an uncooperative ex. Write down everything to keep a record of your interactions rather than participating in verbal battles. This strategy enables you to manage your feelings and focus on your children, who matter the most.
Be sure to communicate regularly with your co-parent about the children's needs and schedules. You can communicate via phone, email, text message, or a co-parenting app.
Things don't always go according to plan, so it's important to be flexible and willing to compromise with your co-parent. If one parent needs to change the custody schedule due to an unexpected event, for example, the other parent should be willing to accommodate the change if possible.
In all child custody decisions, it's important to put your children's needs first. This means setting aside your own personal differences and focusing on what is best for your children.
Children are very sensitive to conflict between their parents. It's important to avoid arguing or fighting in front of your children. If you have a disagreement with your co-parent, try to resolve it privately.
If you and your co-parent are struggling to communicate or agree on child custody issues, it may be helpful to seek professional help from a family law attorney. Family Law Attorneys at Johnson Law Group can help you and your co-parent communicate more effectively and reach mutually agreeable solutions. A child custody attorney can also help you and your co-parent develop healthy co-parenting strategies.
Co-parenting can be challenging, but it doesn't have to be. At Johnson Law Group, we understand that with separation, communication can be difficult. If you need an attorney to help ensure communication in your co-parenting agreement, we can help! Especially if you are worried about the other parent's communication commitment, we can make sure your parenting plan describes the communication needed to be in the know about your kids whereabouts. Johnson Law Group and JohnsonO'Keefe have helped countless individuals through the co-parenting and child custody process and can help you too. Contact us today at 720-445-4444 for an initial complimentary family law consultation. Our team will be there with you every step of the way to take care of your specific legal needs so that you can focus on moving your family forward.