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With co-parenting, you don't have to win every battle

Co-parenting can be a challenge. Honestly, being a parent while you were still married was probably difficult in its own ways. Now that you and your spouse got divorced, things are even more complex and complicated than they were before.

One key thing to remember is that you don't have to win -- or even fight -- every single battle with your ex. Pick and choose where you decide to make a stand.

For instance, maybe you wish your child ate healthier food when going to stay with your ex. You know that your ex just buys a lot of junk food and fast food because it's quick and easy, but you like to buy organic food and cook from scratch.

While that's important to you, unless you know your child is allergic to the food your ex is giving him or her, it's probably not worth spending a lot of time and energy fighting over it. You ex isn't doing anything illegal, you probably can't change his or her mind, and you're just talking about personal preferences. You can still make the choices you prefer when your child is with you.

Instead, you want to concentrate on things like holidays, vacations, or where your child goes to school. These have a far larger impact on your life and your child's life. Remember that you and your spouse aren't going to parent your kids in exactly the same way, and focus on the things that matter to you the most.

Of course, it's also important to know and understand what is allowed under your child custody plan. If your ex is breaking that agreement in any way, you may be able to take action.

Source: Parents, "9 Rules to Make Joint Child Custody Work," Kate Bayless, accessed Dec. 12, 2016

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