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Co-parents should focus on their children

Georgia parents who have gone through a divorce may find it stressful to raise their children together. However, it is important that they recognize that the children have no say in how their parents choose to raise them. Therefore, it is important that the adults make decisions that are in the best interest of the children. This means that both parents should have a relationship with their offspring.

Furthermore, both parents should encourage their children to have a relationship with the other parent. Parents should always choose their words carefully and avoid saying bad things about a former spouse or anyone the other parent chooses to associate with. Over time, children may pick up on a parent's bad habits and start emulating that behavior themselves. Furthermore, it is possible that those words get back to the subject who was being talked about.

Children should not be asked to be a parent's confidant or otherwise hear negative things about an adult that they associate with. They should also not be put in the middle of a dispute between two adults. What children should get are clear rules and expectations that they can meet regardless of which parent they are with. Finally, parents should understand that neither party is perfect and that they need to acknowledge their own strengths and weaknesses to work better together.

In some cases, parents will have joint custody rights, which means that they both make decisions about how their children are raised. However, even if only one parent gets custody, both parents will likely play a role in their child's life. An attorney may help those who are seeking custody or other parental rights to their children during a custody hearing or during private talks to develop a parenting plan.

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