It’s never easy transitioning to a co-parenting model after divorce. When it comes to child custody issues in Florida, co-parenting relies heavily on parents being able to get along and work together for their children’s sakes. There should be some guidelines set down for how to handle conflicts in order to take some stress out of disagreements that don’t have to turn into battles.
Knowing when to fight and when not to fight
Former spouses can make a conscious decision regarding what is more important — battling over disagreements or the happiness of their children. How can it be determined which issues to let go and which to argue over? Professionals say it may help if each person asks if the children are happy, safe and healthy. If the answer to those questions is yes, perhaps they can let the situation go. On the other hand, if the answers are no, it may be something to fight for.
Listening is crucial
Many disagreements often happen over miscommunication. A co-parenting plan must include clear guidelines and parents who are open to negotiate. When issues do present themselves, it is important to approach them in a non-confrontational manner with a willingness to consider the other parent’s viewpoint. Remaining calm and focused and perhaps stepping away from the situation for a bit may help both parents to reconsider all possible options.
The goal in any child custody situation is to have happy, well-adjusted children thriving in their environments. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to have a parenting plan that works and focuses on what is in the best interests of the children. In the end, it really doesn’t matter what kind of relationship the parents have with each other as long as they put their children first. An experienced attorney can help with the creation of the best possible parenting plan for one’s unique situation, along with fighting for the best possible outcome for a parent when the child custody battle is justified and necessary.