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Divorced parenting plans: How to make joint custody work

It is hard for some Texas individuals to co-parent amicably with a former spouse. However, when done successfully, it gives children both the stability they need and allows them to have close relationships with each of their parents. Though sometimes fraught with stress, putting relationship issues aside and developing a healthy working relationship with one another in order to put the children first can help to ensure that post-divorce or post-separation parenting plans involving joint custody work as intended.

After a contentious separation or divorce, joint custody arrangements have the potential to be very stressful, if not downright exhausting. It might be difficult for an individual to move past the painful emotional history and push away his or her resentment. However, it can be beneficial to begin thinking differently about one's relationship with his or her ex -- not as a relationship of the past, but an entirely new one, one that is all about the children's well-being. Just because the marriage is over does not mean that an individual's family is too.

It is essential to keep the lines of communication as open as possible. Some of the important issues to discuss that involve both parents' input involve the children's medical needs, education and any and all financial issues. It is helpful to remember to be as honest, open and straightforward about these kinds of issues as possible, as it is crucial for the relationship with one's ex, as well as with one's children.

Whether a divorce is settled in or out of a courtroom, it can sometimes be very complex legally, especially when parenting plans are involved. When complex issues arise due to children, property or alimony, some individuals may not know where to begin or what their legal rights are. When this is the case, and individuals would like help with their cases, it is common for the individuals to consult experienced Texas divorce attorneys to help them through every step of the process.

Source: helpguide.org, "Co-Parenting Tips for Divorced Parents: Making Joint Custody Work After a Separation or Divorce", Accessed on Jan. 17, 2017

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