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Co-parenting may not be the answer in many child custody cases

For some Massachusetts couples, the decision to divorce may have been an easy one due to the relationship being nonviable. However, there are other factors that play into the divorce process, such as child custody, that may not be so easy. As a result, parents who may have had an easy time in deciding to divorce may face more difficult decisions when it comes to their children.

Co-parenting is a parenting style that many parties believe could be the most beneficial for children after their parents divorce. However, not all divorced couples will be able to work closely together in any capacity, including to care for their children. Therefore, setting boundaries may be an important step for parents to take during child custody proceedings.

If one parent is particularly abrasive, the other parent may wish to legally set up boundaries for the type of interaction the abrasive parent can have with the children and family as a whole. This would mean that one parent is not able to make all the decisions concerning the welfare of the children involved. It also means that one parent will not allow the other parent to take control of situations that they may no longer have a say in.

By setting up these boundaries during child custody proceedings, the agreements become legally binding. Any violations in these agreements could result in serious consequences. For concerned parents, Massachusetts laws regarding child custody and divorce could help them assess their situation and figure out how to go about attempting to achieve parental boundaries that they feel would be beneficial.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Not Everyone Should Try to Consciously Co-Parent. Here's Why.", Virginia Gilbert, April 8, 2014

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