While co-parenting may seem difficult, there are ways to make the process easier. As many divorced Georgia couples know, co-parenting succeeds when both parents work together to focus on the children's wellbeing. Fathers, in particular, often face an uphill battle because in many instances they are the non-custodial parent or have less time assigned with their children. Making that time count becomes very important, and communication, planning and organizing can the supporting pillars of successful co-parenting.
Communication is key to making anything work. Parents should be able to speak honestly and openly with each other while still maintaining an amicable relationship. If face-to-face communication brings about too much animosity, email, texting and other online apps could be better alternatives. The important thing is to maintain the communication flowing about issues regarding the children, including custody and child support. If there are disagreements, these should be resolved in private, away from the children.
Furthermore, planning ahead for when the children will move from home to home, where they will spend their holidays and other important events will make the transitions easier and prevent miscommunication and tension. One way to keep everything organized is to have a visual family calendar in both homes. If issues do arise to the point where legal attention is warranted, parents should document all communications and issues regarding their children.
For parents who are negotiating custody and child support issues, the help of an attorney with family law experience can be a valuable asset. A lawyer might help the parent review the options available, provide advice on what course to take and offer representation during the legal process.