Parent’s behavior may persuade co-parenting decisions in divorce

By |2022-03-31T18:57:06+00:0016 Oct 2013|Categories: Child Custody, Divorce, Joint Custody, Parenting Time, Visitation Rights|

Parent’s behavior may persuade co-parenting decisions in divorce

One of the most difficult parts of getting a divorce in California is determining child custody and making agreed-upon visitation arrangements. Ideally, the final child-custody framework clearly identifies each parent’s rights and responsibilities and includes visitation rights, stipulated parenting times and other agreements about children’s well-being.

Resolving such issues may sound easy, but even after the divorce settlement, parting spouses may still differ about what types of custody are suitable for given circumstances. They still have to make critical co-parenting or joint custody decisions, including child discipline, healthcare issues, social events and school activities.

Many divorced parents question their own motives when they have to make parenting decisions. Foe example, divorced parents should question whether their behavior is influenced by how they feel about their ex, or their child’s best interest. Acting out of spite, anger or other vengeful feelings toward an ex-spouse does not help a child who is caught in the middle.

For this reason, parents should remember that reactive parenting often occurs when a parent makes a decision from resentment, anger or mistrust without thinking of the potential effects on the child. Proactive parenting, on the other hand, can lead to less stress because parents are basing their decisions and actions on what their children need.

Proactive parenting is thus useful in making decisions about children’s holiday activities, for instance, encouraging both parents to focus on their child rather than on personal issues that still linger from divorce.

Regardless of the drawbacks to divorce in California, parents should focus on making co-parenting or joint custody work as smoothly as possible. This type of arrangement allows both parents to be there for their children as needed and as scheduled, arranged and planned in advance. Although co-parenting with a former spouse can be difficult, both parents should remember to make all parenting decisions in the best interests of their children.

Source: Huffington Post, “After Divorce: The Value of Proactive vs. Reactive Parenting,” Rosalind Sedacca, Oct. 1, 2013

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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