Ensuring a smooth co-parenting relationship is crucial for the well-being of your child. Here are some practices to avoid, complemented by specific examples, to foster a positive co-parenting environment:
1. Using Your Child as a Messenger
Instead of telling your ex-partner directly about a change in weekend plans, you ask your child to relay the message.
2. Speaking Negatively About the Other Parent
Commenting, “Your mother/father never listens,” in front of the child.
3. Withholding Visitation as Punishment
Preventing the other parent from seeing the child because they were late on child support.
4. Oversharing Legal Details with the Child
Explaining the intricacies of the court battle or talking about the other parent’s legal shortcomings.
5. Making Unilateral Decisions
Enrolling the child in extracurricular activities without discussing with the other parent.
6. Neglecting to Share Important Updates
Not informing the other parent about a significant event at school or a medical appointment.
7. Violating Custody Agreements
Picking up the child from school on a day that isn’t your allotted custody day without prior discussion.
8. Using the Child to Spy
Asking the child probing questions about the other parent’s personal life.
9. Introducing New Partners Too Quickly
Having a new partner spend the night during the child’s early visits after a recent separation.
10. Refusing Flexibility in Scheduling
Not allowing the other parent an extra day with the child on special occasions or when circumstances change.
Co-parenting requires understanding, cooperation, and effective communication. Avoiding these practices can pave the way for a healthier relationship for everyone involved, especially the child. If you’re seeking representation or guidance on child custody and visitation in California, please consider The Mines Law Firm.
Jasmine Mines, Esq.
The Mines Law Firm