Top 5 Tips For Co-Parenting From The Family Law Company
Specialist family lawyer Cate Jewell shares her co-parenting tips for separated parents.
While children greet the holidays with open arms and gusto for chocolate mayhem, for many parents it can be a logistical nightmare. Specialist family lawyer Cate Jewell shares her co-parenting tips for separated parents.
1. PLAN AHEAD
Communicate early – ideally, look at holiday dates at the beginning of each year and come up with a plan. This will help with managing everyone’s expectations.
2. BE OPEN AND HONEST
Make sure you discuss with the other parent the arrangements for holidays, such as dates and places of intended travel. This will ensure any disputes or disagreements can be dealt with before any booking is made.
If you are going on a significant break agree how the other parent will communicate with the child. Perhaps agree a time to skype or call once or twice while you are away. Let them know you have all arrived safely. Having a plan in place can avoid unnecessary calls that can cause more harm than good. Perhaps let the child buy a gift for the absent parent.
4. HAVE FLEXIBILITY
Always keep your children’s needs at the heart of your discussions and plans. This might mean allowing the other parent to take the children on holiday at Easter while you delay your plans to May half term. If discussions are becoming difficult you can seek professional advice.
5. TRY MEDIATION
Mediation is always recommended to resolve any contact difficulties. Mediation is a process involving an independent mediator who will attempt to identify issues of concern for the parents about contact plans and then negotiate with parents in the hope of achieving mutually acceptable contact arrangements for their children.
Cate Jewell is an experienced Family Law Executive specialising in matters that relate to children, acting for parents and extended family members in child arrangements disputes and care proceedings.
If you would like to discuss any of these issues, please contact our specialist Children Team on 01392 421777. Your first appointment is free.