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Can co-parenting be in the best interests of the child?

When parents in California divorce, no matter how much animosity there is between them, they should try to keep their anger against their spouse at bay when they are with their child. Children should not be caught in the middle of two fighting parents.

That being said, sometimes parents can commit to working together to raise their child, even after having divorced. One type of child custody arrangement, known as co-parenting, allows parents to work together in an amicable manner when it comes to custody of their child.

First of all, co-parenting can help a couple cooperate for the benefit of their child and to reduce conflict. In fact, some couples find that after a divorce, they no longer argue about all the aspects of their day-to-day activities. In addition, having separate homes to go to means that it may be less likely that they will argue in front of their child.

In addition, children thrive on stability. Divorce may upset this, but it is possible for parents to get back on track to give their child a stable, predictable life. Making sure that a child custody and visitation order is properly followed can help. Sometimes it can also help for the child to keep a calendar of which parent will take care for him or her and when. If a child custody and visitation order cannot be adhered to, it may be possible to bring the matter before a judge to see if the order can be modified.

Finally, divorce can be an emotionally difficult time for a child, so it is important to create happy moments post-divorce. This could be as simple as a trip to the park or the zoo or having a special holiday celebration. Not only can this bring happiness to the child but it could also bring happiness to the parent.

Co-parenting after divorce is not always easy. It requires a certain amount of cooperation and communication on the part of the parents. However, if co-parenting is in the best interests of the child, it could be a successful way to help a child recover from a divorce.

Source: CBS Houston, "How To Co-Parent After A Divorce," March 21, 2016

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