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Co-Parenting in Separation and/or Divorce

"Co-parenting" is used to describe parents that are separated or divorced that work together to raise their children. In co-parenting circumstances, parents usually share responsibility for raising their children even though the parents no longer live in the same home together. When parents have a cooperative and supportive relationship in regards to their children, it benefits the children and the family altogether.

Generally in Texas courts today, joint custody (joint conservatorship) is presumed to be in the best interest of children. Joint custody expects and encourages for parents to cooperate with each other to share the various responsibilities of raising a child. However, it is important to note that sharing the responsibilities for making decisions for the child is inappropriate in certain circumstances where sharing of rights between parents would significantly impair the child's physical health or emotional development.

Cooperative parenting generally leads to the best results for children for many reasons including stability/consistency for the child, feeling of security, positive role modeling by parents, better communication between the parents and child, comfort and happiness for the child , to name a few. It is nearly always in the child's best interest to have loving and healthy relationships with both parents.

Concentrating and focusing on the needs of the children rather than the negativity typically associated with separation or divorce, is a great way to transition the entire family to the next chapter in their lives.

Contact Yale Law Group to inquire about amicable divorce and/or separation at 940/891-4800.

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