A challenge that divorcing parents may face in Ohio is how to retool their relationship for co-parenting. Even though the romantic relationship is over and there is sometimes a great deal of tension between the former spouses, they need to communicate and work together for the good of their children. At the same time, issues related to child custody and visitation can be some of the most emotionally challenging parts of the divorce process. By keeping some key tips in mind and focusing on the best interests of the children, parents can help to develop a new co-parenting relationship for the benefit of the kids.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when co-parenting is the importance of flexibility. During the child custody process, divorcing parents will need to figure out an overall parenting plan. This can include the schedule for custody or visitation, the division of holidays and other plans far in advance. However, children's lives and plans can change, and it can be important to be flexible. The children are at the center of the process, rather than one parent "winning" over the other parent.
Good communication can also be important for successful co-parenting. Emails, text messages and other forms of electronic communication allow people to stay in touch immediately. People with more complicated relationships can opt for specialized online communication services designed specifically for divorcing parents. Even a shared online calendar can be important for keeping kids and parents up to date on activities, schedules and custody switches.
Over time, parents will settle into a new co-parenting framework after the divorce. A family law attorney might be able to help a divorcing spouse to negotiate key issues like child custody and visitation. The lawyer may also be able to create a parenting time agreement that provides a positive basis for moving forward.