Parents in Georgia who are divorced or in the process of getting a divorce and who are in a co-parenting relationship should take care to not involve their children in the divorce. The children may already have a sense that they are stuck in the middle of two parties in conflict, which can encourage them to assume responsibilities that they are too young to assume and that can stunt their emotional and mental development. To avoid this, parents should refrain from using their children as tools of communication with the other parent. The children should also be allowed to speak freely about the other household and their experiences.
Another important element of successful co-parenting is not confusing the children or giving them false hope. They should not be encouraged to believe that their parents will get back together in the future. This will result in the children holding on to the unrealistic fantasy.
Co-parents should also make sure that every interaction with their children is honest. While the nature of the divorce and the ages of the children are important factors to keep in mind, the parents should realize the children will eventually want to know the reason why their parents went their separate ways. Parents should tell the truth, not avoid the conversation and address the question that the children are asking. No matter which parent may be perceived as being at fault for the end of the marriage, no blame should be ever be assigned in the presence of the children.
A family law attorney may assist parents with addressing disputes regarding child custody and visitation. The attorney might work to obtain a child custody arrangement with the clients desired terms for joint custody and visitation times.