April 15, 2015
Co-Parenting After Divorce
During a divorce parties are often times unable to focus on forming a strong co-parenting relationship with the other parent. The parties may be distracted by financial issues such as equitable distribution and claims for alimony or attorney’s fees. Once these issues are dissolved after the divorce is entered, hopefully parties learn the importance of co-parenting after divorce or child custody determination is made.
Co-parenting after divorce involves the manner in which the parties communicate and raise the child pursuant to the parenting plan.
Co-parenting after divorce is difficult for some parents because they may harbor emotions or sentiment towards the other parent that involve the parties former marital relationship rather than the children. Parties should work together to co-parent after divorce that is consistent the Parenting Plan and Parental Responsibility that is ordered by the Court.
Failure to Co-Parent
Even after divorce is entered, some litigants do not warm up to effectively co-parenting after divorce. They may make the other parent’s life difficult or be unreasonable with changes to the time-sharing arrangement.
Co-parenting after divorce frequently involves a wide range of decisions and situations involving the parties’ children. The situations that can arise between parties while they are co-parenting after divorce are limitless. Some of those situations involve; the issuance of the passport or issues relating to the children’s medical care or extra-curricular activities. Parties should be careful and understand that children can be impacted by their parents’ failure to co-parent both during and after the divorce. Learning to be an effective co-parent and working within the parenting plan is essential for children to thrive after parties are separated.
Co-parenting can sometimes be a difficult task depending upon the circumstances. In the event that one party is not acting within the scope of the parenting plan or the final judgment that is ordered by the Court, it might be possible to bring an action for enforcement of the final judgment.
In certain situation, it might be appropriate to seek a modification of the Parenting Plan if one or the other party has abdicated their responsibilities to co-parent.
Every case is different. co-parenting is unique to an individual’s family. If you are experiencing difficulty or have questions about co-parenting after divorce the Law Office of Mathew D. Martin is available for consultation. 888-984-6487.