True Guarnieri Ayer, LLP
Call For A Free Consultation
502-783-7662

This Is An Advertisement

What are common co-parenting issues you could face?

Continuing to parent with an ex-spouse after divorce is by no means easy. Being a parent is challenging enough and navigating parenting after a divorce can create even more complications.

Knowing about these challenges can help parents manage them better. So, here are some of the most common issues that divorced parents might run into while they get used to co-parenting. 

1. Badmouthing

It is common for ex-spouses to say some negative things about each other. After all, there are still a lot of emotions to work through after a divorce, including resentment and anger. 

While these emotions are understandable, many sources state that badmouthing an ex-spouse in front of kids can have a significant impact on them, as well as their relationship with both parents. 

2. Lack of communication

Regular communication is essential for co-parenting to work. Parents must keep each other updated about:

  • Any issues or changes in their child's life
  • Plans to take a vacation or relocate
  • Schedule changes or conflicts

But when parents live separately, communication can be a challenge. It is also possible that ex-spouses do not want to speak with each other. However, communication is critical to co-parent effectively. 

3. Disregarding the custody agreement

During the divorce proceedings, parents should create a custody agreement that establishes:

  • Each parent's scheduled parenting time
  • The strategy for making decisions regarding the child
  • Rules and responsibilities for parents to follow
  • Rules for children and parenting duties

The goal of this agreement is to help co-parents establish common ground to build off of and provide consistency for the children in both parents' households.

However, parents might change the rules at their house or avoid disciplining children at all. This can cause conflict between the parents and disrupt the stability of a child's life. 

There are many reasons parents might not follow the custody agreement. They might be uncooperative because they want more parenting time or disagree with the agreement. Or, they might also be competing with the other parent.

4. Competition

It is also common for divorced parents to compete with each other. They might try to outdo the other by giving the best or most expensive birthday gift or avoid discipline to be the "fun parent." 

This is dangerous for both the children and the co-parenting relationship in the long run. 

It is possible to handle these challenges

It can take some time for parents to find a co-parenting strategy that works for them. But remember, it is possible to have a healthy co-parenting relationship.

If Kentucky parents respect the fact that they are both still their children's parent and put their children first, then they can manage co-parenting effectively.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Rated by Super Lawyers | J. Guthrie True | SuperLawyers.com
  • Rated by Super Lawyers | Rising Stars | Whitney True Lawson | SuperLawyers.com
  • Rated by Super Lawyers | Rising Stars |  Philip Lawson | SuperLawyers.com
  • Distinguished AV | LexisNexis | Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated | For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Kentucky Bar Association | 1871
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • Listed in Best Lawyers | The World's Premier Guide
  • Super Lawyers
Email Us For A Response

Ask Us Your Questions

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

To learn more about working with us, call 502-783-7662 for a free consultation today.

Office Location:

TrueGuarnieriAyerLLP
124 Clinton St
Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: 502-783-7662
Phone: 502-605-9900
Fax: 502-605-9901
Frankfort Law Office Map

Office Number: