Co-Parenting Tips for the Coming School Year
Balancing employment, with paying bills, maintaining a household, and raising a child can be challenging on its own, but attempting to co-parent with your former partner can make these situations even more difficult, especially during the school year. Fortunately, there are a number of steps that parents can take to make this process easier, not only on themselves, but also on their children, so if you share custody with your former spouse, or have yet to obtain a divorce, it is important to contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale child visitation & time sharing lawyer who can help you create or implement a parenting plan that serves the best interests of your family.
Focus on Communication
The beginning of the school year can raise a host of new issues with which divorced parents must grapple. It’s important to address these issues head-on and devise a system that works for both parents and also ensures that their children will enjoy a successful year at school, free of conflict and confusion. Communication between two parents, although always important, is especially critical during the school year, when the parties are forced to juggle multiple demands on their time. While it can be difficult to find time to discuss childcare-related issues, doing so should be a priority, as it can help the parties avoid conflict in the present and the future.
The creation of a plan regarding the easiest way for the parties to talk is critical to promoting open communication. Whether this takes the form of a weekly email, daily texts, an in-person meeting at regular intervals, or weekly phone calls, deciding how and when the parties will communicate about their children can help co-parents stay on top of matters related to their children’s extracurricular activities, grades, behavior, and health.
There will undoubtedly be a number of topics that co-parents disagree on. Whether these disagreements revolve around paying an allowance, establishing curfews, or disciplining poor behavior, it is important for the parties to reach a middle ground on these issues. Upholding the same household rules, sticking to a specific schedule, and mandating similar academic standards can make a child’s daily life much easier, as minors, especially younger children, respond well to consistency. A consistent atmosphere and schedule can also help a child feel safe and can make it easier to adapt to post-divorce life more easily.
While it may seem simpler for co-parents to take turns attending their child’s activities and important events, sharing those moments can actually be extremely beneficial for the family as a whole. By setting aside their differences long enough to attend and share in games, award ceremonies, parent-teacher conferences, and recreational activities, co-parents can enjoy their child’s achievements without having to feel competitive about their time. Attending events when available can also make it much easier on co-parents when they must unexpectedly miss activities in the future.
Contact Our Fort Lauderdale Legal Team
If you need help coming up with or implementing a parenting plan for the school year, please call dedicated child custody lawyer Sandra Bonfiglio, P.A. You can reach a member of our legal team by calling 954-945-7591 or by sending us an online message.