When parents decide to divorce, children often go through a difficult time. In fact, the consequences of a divorce can sometimes be so severe that it may affect a child’s emotional, mental and physical well-being. Texas courts understand this and they recommend that parents choose joint child custody, whenever possible, which is also known as co-parenting or shared parenting.
Co-parenting may be defined in several ways, but according to the Texas Attorney General, co-parenting is a practice in which both parents work as a team to care for their child irrespective of whether they are still married or divorced. Co-parenting skills are not inherent and; therefore, the Texas Attorney General urges parents to develop the skill because it will ultimately benefit their children.
Probably, the most important reason for developing co-parenting skills is that it can help children to come to terms with the fact that their parents are no longer together. Many divorced couples are apprehensive about speaking with their former spouse but when considering the best interests of a child, it is unavoidable because, after all, the parent-child relationship is a top priority.
In order to learn the basics of co-parenting, parents may choose to enroll in classes. The classes can teach them about co-parenting and, at the same time, the classes can provide an opportunity for divorced parents to see and hear from other parents who are in a similar situation. Ultimately, co-parenting helps the children because all children need their parents’ support and if the parents can provide that support despite the divorce, it will be extremely beneficial to the child.
Child custody cases are often complicated, especially when the spouses are not on friendly terms. However, it is important for separating spouses to resolve disputes pertaining to child custody so that the bitterness does not have an impact on the child’s well-being. Since creating an amicable situation is often a difficult job, divorcing parents may choose to hire an experienced family law attorney, who can offer sound advice and much-needed support.
Source: TexasAttorneyGeneral.gov, “Co-Parenting Guide,” Accessed on Feb. 23, 2015