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Child custody and co-parenting can be complex during divorce

Divorce is naturally challenging from both an emotional and a financial standpoint in Connecticut. The process of divorce is even more complicated when it involves child custody. Making matters even more complex is if one has to co-parent with an ex who is not serious about or dedicated to the task.

Both parents have a responsibility to care for their children, which involves dealing with a wide range of areas, such as education and health care decisions. However, a few tips may help a parent who has primary custody of the children to work out parenting when a co-parent seems to be undependable. First, it is wise for both parents to be open with one another about what parenting options are available and what would work best for their kids.

It is also wise for the primary parent to still keep the undependable co-parent informed about everything related to his or her children. This can be beneficial even if the co-parent may not seem interested. It helps to keep the focus on the child and not on past relationship-related problems.

When dealing with child custody in the state of Connecticut, two divorcing parents may benefit from going through the process of divorce mediation. This allows them to work together on a parenting plan that satisfies both parties and considers the child's needs. Appropriate legal guidance may help parents during divorce achieve an outcome that will work for the entire family but, most importantly, focus on the best interests of the child.

Source: parentherald.com, "Five Ways To Deal With An Unreliable Co-Parent After Divorce", Dianne Francisco, Feb. 2, 2016

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