Parenting can be a difficult job no matter what the circumstances. When a couple goes through a divorce, it can make co-parenting difficult. However, couples often have to figure out a way to share their children in a civil manner. Child custody disputes can erupt when people have differing views in how they should move forward from a marriage.
When people cannot settle their differences, Florida courts will make child custody determinations for people. However, when the court makes the decision, people lose control over how the child custody order will look. The court will decide all the details. This can be a problem especially for parents with older children.
Experts say that parenting teenagers, in particular, requires parents to pay close attention to the details of their parenting plans. These details can make all the difference when trying to raise children.
Experts suggest that for divorced parents to be successful in co-parenting teenagers, they need to focus on a few areas. One is technology. Parents need to clearly define between themselves which technology teenagers are allowed to use and how it will be exchanged between the two homes. This includes smart phones, tablets and other devices. Parents should try to make sure access to the devices is similar in each home to avoid unnecessary tension.
Furthermore, experts suggest including details about driving in a parenting plan if the couple has teenagers. Parents need to be on the same page about when teenagers can drive, who they can drive with and who will be purchasing their cars.
Talking about these and other issues prior to creating a parenting plan can help to eliminate child custody and co-parenting disputes in the future. With the right help, people can come to agreements about these issues and have success moving forward as co-parents.
Source: The Huffington Post, "7 Tips For Co-Parenting Teens," Tara Fass, Jan. 23, 2013