While sometimes couples in Rhode Island can weather life's hurdles together, no one can predict what the future will bring. The world changes, lives change and people change. Sometimes this means that a couple will decide they can no longer stay together and will separate or seek a divorce. However, such break-ups can become more complex if there are children involved.
When there are children involved, a parenting plan will need to be established with regards to child custody and visitation. While some parenting plans grant sole custody to one parent, in other parenting plans the child's parents will share custody through co-parenting. The following are some tips for making co-parenting run as smoothly as possible.
First of all, before filing for divorce, if the decision to break up is mutual and is a long time coming, couples in Rhode Island can discuss parenting after divorce before it happens. This way any disagreements can be aired and resolved prior to going to court. If not, couples may find themselves having to go back to court months or years after the divorce decree is ordered, which can be emotionally difficult for both the parents and the child.
That being said, sometimes parents in Rhode Island may want to include a dispute resolution process in their divorce decree. After all, it is almost a guarantee that issues can crop up after a divorce that neither parent anticipated. If there is a court-ordered method for resolving these disputes, it can help both parents reach a resolution in a timely and effective manner.
Although a breakdown in communication may have contributed to the decision to divorce, parents in Rhode Island need to understand that communication is important even after divorce. After all, issues can come up during the parent's day-to-day life with regards to the child that the other parent needs to be made aware of. It doesn't have to be a face-to-face conversation -- a text message or email will do.
Parenting is a life-long endeavor. Though Rhode Island couples with children may not remain a couple forever, they will forever be tied as parents of a child. Rhode Island parents who want to learn more about establishing a parenting plan may want to seek the advice of a family law attorney who can provide more information about co-parenting in Rhode Island.
Source: The Huffington Post, "10 Tips for How to Co-Parent Without Killing Your Ex!," Karen Covy, Feb. 19, 2016