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Tips for Successful Co-Parenting After a Divorce in Texas

Updated: Nov 29, 2023 @ 11:29 am

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At Tad Nelson & Associates, we understand that successful co-parenting is key for the well-being of your children. Whether you’re recently divorced, fighting a custody battle, or just need help figuring out the best path forward, we’re here to help.

Drawing from our extensive experience as family lawyers in Galveston, we’ve compiled a series of strategies that can foster positive co-parenting relationships.

We’re family lawyers. If you need legal advice or experienced legal counsel for a child custody matter or other issue involving the law and your family, let’s talk about it. You can reach The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates by calling 409-904-0043.

Embrace Effective Communication

Open, honest, and respectful communication is the cornerstone of successful co-parenting. Avoid using your children as messengers. Instead, direct communication between parents is a much better alternative.

Tools like email, texting, or co-parenting apps can keep the conversation focused. They’re also good for documenting interactions which can come in handy if the courts have to get involved. Remember, it’s not about you or your former spouse — it’s about the children’s best interests.

Establish a Collaborative Parenting Plan

A well-structured parenting plan is a blueprint for success. Texas Family Code § 153.001 emphasizes the child’s best interest as the primary consideration.

Any plan should include living arrangements, visitation schedules, and a process for making complex decisions on matters that impact the child. Be flexible but also consistent with your children to avoid confusion.

More important than all, provide stability.

Keep Conflict Away from the Kids

Children are perceptive. They can easily pick up on tensions between their parents. Keep conflicts, legal discussions, and negative comments about the other parent away from them.

If disagreements arise, address them in a private, constructive manner. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services offers resources to support families with conflict resolution. If you need our support, we’re experienced Texas family lawyers that know a thing or two about resolving sensitive issues. Give us a call at 409-904-0043.

Your Children’s Needs: Priority #1

Your children’s needs always come first. Be attentive to their well-being. Post-divorce adjustments can be challenging for kids. They may benefit from participating in counseling or support groups. Remember, what works for one child may not work for another, so be attuned to each child’s unique needs.

Co-Parenting Education and Resources

If you find sharing guardianship to be a challenge, consider enrolling in co-parenting classes. These programs provide valuable strategies for managing the challenges of co-parenting. Additionally, websites like OurFamilyWizard provides tools to facilitate co-parenting. Sometimes, technology can help. It may be a good idea to try it!

Legal Considerations and Modifications

In life, changes are a mainstay. Sometimes, co-parenting arrangements will need adjustments.

Texas law allows for modifications to custody and visitation orders under certain circumstances (Texas Family Code § 156.101). If changes are needed, consult with our experienced family law attorneys for prudent guidance throughout the legal process.

Respect the Other Parent

Recognize the importance of your co-parent in your children’s lives. Celebrate the value they bring. Encourage your children to have a healthy relationship with them. Respectful co-parenting fosters a sense of security and belonging in children.

Use Legal Assistance When Necessary

Tad Nelson & Associates Remains on Standby

In some cases, legal intervention may become necessary to resolve co-parenting disputes. As experienced family attorneys, we at Tad Nelson & Associates are here to provide effective legal representation.

Our goal is to help you and your children transition into this new phase of life with a sense of stability. We’re committed to providing you and your family effective guidance following a divorce.

Our team includes seasoned Texas family law attorneys Tad Nelson and Amber Spurlock.

For more information or to schedule a free confidential consultation, contact Tad Nelson & Associates at 409-904-0043.


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