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Parenting after a divorce

Many married couples in Georgia have found cause to dissolve their relationship, and in many cases the separation is complete. Once the formalities of legal dissolution have been completed and the intricacies of property distribution are navigated, there may be little cause for the divorced couple to have any contact with each other ever again. This is usually not the case when they have young children, however. Co-parenting a child remains a commitment even after a divorce.

This situation imposes certain moral and ethical responsibilities upon the parents. Even if acrimony and dissent have become central features of their dealings with each other, the emotional needs of their children demand that they try to limit any dispute and work together in the best interests of their offspring. This depends upon the parents to understand the relationship between each other They should take appropriate action to prevent destructive arguing, open hostility and other stressful circumstances.

It can matter greatly whether the child or children are young or have special needs, as a longer and closer working relationship between the divorced couple will be required. If it is necessary to limit direct interaction between the divorced couple in order to preserve harmony, then the parents should plan accordingly and do whatever it takes to prevent face-to-face contact.

Family law attorneys will remind their clients that courts will base decisions involving custody and visitation on what is in the best interests of the child, and that in some cases one or both parents will be dissatisfied with the ruling. In many cases, the parent's respective attorneys can negotiate a parenting plan that serves all parties, including the child, well.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Marriages Dissolve, But Parenting Partnerships Are 'to Death Do Us Part' -- What Type of Parenting Partners Are You?", Dr. Jamie Williamson, June 1, 2016

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