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Ways to address co-parenting issues after a divorce

After Michigan parents have gotten a divorce, disagreements over child custody and visitation rights are common. In a best-case scenario, the parents will agree to put the child's best interests ahead of any lingering issues between them. Still, co-parenting can be complex. Strategies to avoid conflict can be beneficial for the parents and the child.

When co-parenting disputes arise, there are effective methods to resolve conflict. One of the most common reasons for arguments is scheduling. While the courts will generally create a parenting schedule with a set calendar for custody and visitation, flexibility within the confines of that schedule can help to keep the peace. For example, if one parent has tickets to a show and it is not the day they have the child, it would not hurt to alter the schedule to accommodate that.

Communication between parents is necessary when they share custody of a child. Using the child to relay messages can inevitably lead to problems. If there is so much acrimony that the parents are unwilling to speak to one another, email and texting can be an effective substitute. There are important events in a child's life that the parents will want to be part of. If there is a vacation, a school play or an event that one parent cannot attend, pictures and video could be shared to keep that parent involved.

Maintaining a positive attitude about the other parent even if there are problems between them is good for the child. This will help prevent negative implications and feelings from impacting how the child perceives either parent. These are some methods to address co-parenting concerns. However, if there are legal issues, a law firm experienced in family law, child custody and child support may be able to help.

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