When parents in Texas divorce, the well-being of their children is often a top priority. For this reason, even couples embroiled in bitter disputes often take steps to work out their differences so that they can effectively co-parent their children.
Determining whether co-parenting is truly meeting the best interests of the child is often a matter of paying attention to any number of factors over a long period. These factors vary, and not all co-parenting relationships will exhibit all of these outcomes, but healthy co-parenting is often characterized by relationships that are open, honest and generous.
One significant consideration in determining whether a co-parenting relationship is working is whether parents demonstrate respect for each other. In positive relationships, parents encourage each other to spend time with children, even forgoing hiring babysitters if the other parent is available to spend time with the kids. These parents are also willing to work together to be flexible and accommodate special circumstances and changing needs.
Another factor that is usually present in positive co-parenting relationships is a willingness to work together as a team when necessary. This means that parents attend parent-teacher conferences together, speak with physicians and other healthcare professionals about their children’s needs and jointly support children in their extracurricular activities.
Effective co-parents will usually get positive feedback from their children. Kids can often pick up on the way their parents interact, so parents need to pay attention to what their children have to say.
Individuals who are considering divorce or who need to reassess their child custody or child support agreements may benefit from speaking with an experienced family law attorney. The lawyer may be able to review the client’s situation and make recommendations regarding original or modified parenting agreements.