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Co-parenting: is it right for your Tennessee family?

Tennessee parents know that divorce is often most difficult for the youngest members of the family. In order to reduce the amount of complication and stress felt by the children when their parents divorce, some choose to co-parent. While this is not the optimal choice for every family, it could be the most beneficial solution for you and your kids.

Co-parenting requires the cooperation of both parents. This type of parenting plan will not work if one party is not completely committed, and it does require that both parents set aside emotions for the benefit of the children. If this is the right path for your family, an experienced family law attorney can help you draft a plan that is beneficial and sustainable.

The requirements of co-parenting

Custody is a major component of any divorce that involves children. Whether you choose to co-parent or not, there are issues that must be resolved before a custody and visitation plan can be finalized, such as:

  • Visitation schedule
  • Decision making authority
  • Where the children will live
  • Holiday schedule
  • Education and religious preferences
  • Medical care
  • Health insurance
  • College savings

These factors can be the source of great contention and disagreement, even between two parents who are resolved to work together for the benefit of the children. If the ultimate goal is an equitable and sustainable plan, parents should approach issues from the perspective of what is actually best for the children, not temporary emotions. A parent may find the assistance and guidance of a lawyer to be an invaluable asset during the negotiation and discussion process.

A co-parenting plan can address any issues that may be unique to your family. From the special needs of one of your children to arranging visitation around your work schedule, parents would be wise to consider and resolve any issues that could be a problem in the future.

The goal of a co-parenting plan

What makes a co-parenting plan different from a plan designed by the court? When you work with your soon-to-be-ex-spouse on your custody and visitation plan, you maintain control over what happens. While the goal of the family law court is to protect the best interest of the children, the judge does not know your kids like you do.

With a resolve to work together, it is possible to preserve a continuity of lifestyle for your children and provide them a stable, strong relationship with both parents.

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