The Importance of Co-parenting

Regardless of your marital status, the New York family courts view parental responsibility in all seriousness. Further, the family court prefers parents to work through and resolve parenting disputes through alternative methods to litigation such as mediation or collaborative divorce, when possible. However, regardless of how you choose to approach your divorce, the court’s responsibility lies in ensuring that your child’s best interests are served.

What is the goal of co-parenting?

The goal of co-parenting is to ensure both parents play an active role in their child’s day to day life. Because each family is different, so too are co-parenting plans, which focuses on the needs and resources of each particular family. And, the construct of your co-parenting plan is far less important than the positive effect the plan can have on your child, including:

• Continued and loving relationships with both parents
• Lessened emotional trauma and stress
• Lessened feelings of abandonment
• Feelings of stability and predictability
• Better adjustment to and acceptance of your divorce

An experienced Long Island divorce attorney can assist you in developing a workable co-parenting plan that addresses your family’s specific needs. Typically, the issues you want to address in a co-parenting plan include:

• Where your child lives
• How much time is spent with each parent
• Education & extracurricular activities
• Religious and moral upbringing
• Healthcare
• Child care
• Discipline
• Household rules
• Counseling
• Parental notifications
• Other pertinent issues

Get help with your co-parenting plan today

Working through a divorce is often difficult—especially when you have young children. And putting your child’s needs above your own to develop a workable co-parenting plan can help reduce your child’s stress and in adjusting to your divorce. An experienced Long Island divorce attorney can help you develop a plan that works for you and your family.

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