Ohio residents who have to co-parent should expect to disagree with their children’s other parent at least occasionally. However, they should understand that their focus should be on what is in the best interests of their children. If certain issues arise in their co-parenting relationship, there are some steps that parents can take to overcome the conflicts.
It is not uncommon for co-parents to disagree about parenting time. It should be expected that parents will want to spend as much time with their children after the divorce as they did before the divorce. Co-parents should also keep in mind that parenting time does not include the time their children are occupied in school and with activities. In order to avoid conflicts, both parents should work with one another to devise a formal parenting plan, and they should review and update it annually.
It is also important to know that child support can be a sore subject between co-parents. If a child support order has been formally issued by the family court, co-parents who seem to have more frequent arguments about child support may consider petitioning the court to review the order. Because states tend to differ on how often they will allow child support orders to be reviewed, parents should make sure to look up the child support guidelines in the state in which they reside to find out how to obtain a child support modification.
A family law attorney may work on behalf of parents to obtain the desired child custody settlement terms. The attorney may advise clients about what steps to take to request a modification of a child support order due to an unexpected need or changed financial circumstances. The attorney may also petition the family court in order to have the terms of a child custody order enforced.