When parents in Ohio make the decision to end their marriage, they may be concerned about how to deal with the post-divorce future of co-parenting. Issues about child custody and visitation are often some of the most emotionally fraught aspects of a divorce. It can always be very difficult to adjust to a new reality in which the children are no longer sharing their parents’ home on a full-time basis. There are some guidelines, however, that can help people move successfully through the transition to co-parenting.
First, when parents go through a divorce, it is important to prioritize the interests of the children. Even when both parents can’t stand each other, the children love both of them and need to be supported in their desire to communicate and spend time with each parent. In addition, it is important for parents to refrain from sharing intimate divorce details with the children. The kids don’t need to take sides, and they may feel an excessive sense of responsibility for the divorce.
On the practical side of things, keeping a clear calendar and schedule can be key to successful co-parenting. By planning in advance for holidays, vacations and custody switches, each parent can be fully prepared for his or her time with the children. Keeping those dates on a shared calendar helps everyone involved reference the information at any time. It is also important to track medical appointments, school events and family functions. Of course, flexibility is also key; when parents can be flexible with one another, the kids may feel more supported.
For parents, keeping a close relationship with their children is often the highest priority in a divorce. A family law attorney may help parents advocate for a child custody and visitation schedule that is in the best interests of the children and supports the family’s needs.