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Effective co-parenting after divorce

Divorced and divorcing parents in Pennsylvania are often concerned about the well-being of their children. In most cases, both parents plan to remain involved in their children's lives. Whether the parents opt for a shared custody arrangement or a more traditional setup, where one parent has primary custody and the other has visitation rights, people need to work together to ensure that their children's best interests are protected.

Unfortunately, this can be difficult even when the divorce has been amicable. Intense emotions can crop up even months or years after the original breakup, and disputes can erupt. There are several things, however, that adults can do to establish a positive co-parenting relationship with each other.

The first is to remember that the best interests of the children come first. Individuals should avoid criticizing their exes in front of the children or complaining about their behavior to the kids. While one person may well have legitimate grievances against his or her ex, these issues should be discussed with a friend, family member or counselor, not a child.

Parents who are having difficulty getting along may benefit from using online tools to communicate. Some of these tools may be mandated by family courts or a third-party mediator. In other cases, people may opt to use online communication tools on their own. By communicating in writing, parents may avoid misunderstandings or unpleasant personal confrontations. This can reduce stress in the relationship and make things easier on the kids.

Individuals who are considering divorce or have already divorced and are concerned about co-parenting issues may benefit from speaking with experienced Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, child custody and support attorneys. A lawyer may be able to review a client's case and make recommendations regarding parenting time, child support and ways in which parents communicate with each other.

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