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Co-parenting disputes: Your options and legal rights

Posted on in Divorce

When co-parenting with an ex-spouse, there’s no shortage of challenges that will come to light. Some of them are easier to deal with than others, but all of them require some level of attention.

Should you come to find that co-parenting disputes are far more common than they should be, it’s time to take action. Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Talk to your ex-spouse: Yes, this can be a challenge, but sharing your feelings may be the best way to get back on track. Explain your concerns, talk about potential resolutions and hear them out. One conversation may be all it takes to get things back on track.
  • Review your parenting plan and visitation agreement: You’ll find a lot of information here pertaining to physical custody, legal custody, where your children will spend holidays and visitation schedules.
  • Try something new: You can’t do this without your ex, but it’s something to consider if you’re willing and able to talk things out. For example, if the current visitation schedule isn’t working for your ex, maybe you can adjust the pick-up and drop-off times by a few hours. Small changes like this can go a long way in reducing tension.

Is a child custody modification necessary?

It’s your hope that you don’t have to go down this path, as it can cause additional tension between you and your ex. However, if you’ve tried everything else and are still in the same place, it’s an option to consider.

For example, once your children reach the age of 12, the court will typically let them decide where they want to live. Don’t force your child into saying that they want to live with you, but look into this option if you truly feel that it’s best.

Circumstances can and will change as the years go by, so your child custody arrangement should do the same.

Co-parenting disputes are common, but some people struggle with this more than others. Your goal is to follow the parenting plan, maintain stability on behalf of your children and take steps to protect your legal rights as a parent.

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