Claudette-Jean Girard, Attorney at Law
Local 413-315-5518
Toll Free 877-622-6089

Family Law Attorney

I provide experienced legal guidance in family law, divorce and special education law. I represent parents and families throughout western Massachusetts.

View our practice areas

How co-parenting can affect a child custody arrangement

When thinking about proceeding with a Massachusetts divorce, the number one question parents usually have is about their children. They want to make sure the divorce doesn't negatively impact their children, and rightly so. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of parents in MA co-parenting their children from separate households. While this child custody arrangement and parenting style is usually a success, there can be some gray-area associated with co-parenting that can leave a parent with a few questions.

By gray-area, we mean situations or decisions involving a child that are difficult to decide which parent should lead or follow. Since divorced parents typically were unable to see eye-to-eye in their marriage, it usually follows that each parent's parenting style is slightly, if not completely, different. In co-parenting child custody situations, parents take joint custody one step further and each parent has control of the child's physical or legal custody decisions while they are in the respective parents care. Since each child has his or her separate parenting and lifestyle in each respective household, parents will need to come together to address big issues effectively.

It is in the child's best interest for parents to come together and co-parent. For example, let's say a child has been dealing with a bully at school. One parent may suggest that they stand up for themselves, in whatever means possible. The other parent may insist that the child tell school staff about the issues. This can be very confusing and ineffective advice if a child uses both tactics suggested by a child's parents.

The answer is often for the parents to discuss the issue together beforehand so that they child receives one cohesive plan for how to address a bully. Separated parents who decide co-parenting is the best option for their family will likely run into a handful of issues where the child needs a collective plan or advice backed by both parents. Most everyday decisions can be made by parent's in their respective household. By taking co-parenting one-step further, it can make the child custody arrangement even more effective.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Co-parenting after a difficult divorce: A delicate balance," Danilo Alfaro, Nov. 3, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Questions?

Contact Us! This Firm Accepts Credit Cards

Office Location

Claudette-Jean Girard, Attorney at Law
1380 Main Street, Suite 302
Springfield, MA 01103

Toll Free: 877-622-6089
Phone: 413-315-5518
Springfield Law Office Map

Contact our firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy