In all child custody cases, unless there is a threat of harm to the children, the courts believe that children benefit from a meaningful relationship with both parents. Shared parenting is not always easy, but with a lot of cooperation, respect and patience it is possible to make it work for the children.
Shared parenting can be hard, and it can impose restrictions on your life, however the benefits of an amicable and cooperative relationship to the child are worth the effort.
Shared parenting 101
Keep your relationship with your ex-partner as amicable as possible, especially in front of the children. Whilst you might not like your ex, children idolise their parents and speaking ill of the other parent can be detrimental to a child’s well-being and development.
When co-parenting, be realistic – particularly if you have other restrictions on your life. Make sure you take work, other commitments and other children into consideration when negotiating a suitable shared parenting arrangement. This will make life a lot easier for you, your ex partner and your children.
Don’t forget that shared parenting is about your children. Social activities and sporting and other competitions are all part of a child’s development. Make sure you take the children’s ages and social commitments into consideration when negotiating (or agreeing) to a parenting or custody arrangement. Try to accommodate the children’s hobbies and extracurricular activities where possible.
If you have a shared parenting arrangement in place, you will need the other parent’s consent to relocate with the children to a different town, state or country if your relocation will limit the other parent’s time with the children. If they don’t agree, you will need to plead your case to the court.
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Shared parenting can work if both parties are willing. Talk to Collective Family Lawyers on the Gold Coast. By getting the foundations right and ensuring everyone is on the same page, you can work towards a successful co-parenting arrangement.