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What can sabotage successful co-parenting?

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2024 | Child Custody

Raising children together after divorce or separation can be difficult. But, open communication between parents is essential no matter how hard it gets. Working together as a team benefits the children’s well-being. When divorced parents communicate openly, it makes children feel secure and at ease.

However, that may not always be the case. It’s possible for communication to break down. While this is natural in families, it’s important to address this issue promptly. This prevents further damage to both parents’ relationships and children’s emotional health.

Poor communication leads to conflicts

Poor communication causes misunderstandings between divorced parents. It can lead to arguments, such as:

  • Fighting over the children’s schedules
  • Disagreeing on rules for the children
  • Conflicts when making important decisions about the children

Ultimately, poor communication damages relationships. However, the negative effects are not just felt by adults. Both parents and children suffer from inconsistency, tension and emotional stress. It’s no surprise that most parenting experts stress the importance of clear interaction between parents. The consequences of the opposite are too damaging.

Changing the original custody order may be a possibility

Even with the best intentions, some situations break down entirely. Communication becomes impossible, and conflicts spiral out of control. When this happens, legal help may be needed. An attorney can change the original custody arrangement. This resets the rules surrounding custody through the legal system.

An attorney experienced in family law can guide a parent through this process. The attorney can negotiate a revised parenting plan that works better for both parties. The attorney can also help parties communicate neutrally. If needed, the attorney can represent a parent in court. With legal counsel, custody and other responsibilities can be legally redefined.


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