Dealing with a child custody dispute isn’t easy when you are a dad. Making matters worse is the fact that even after you have a custody order in hand, you may face ongoing coparenting issues. After all, in many instances, each parent thinks that they know what is best for the child, which can lead to some heated arguments.
How to improve your coparenting relationship
As stressful as navigating these conflicts can be, you can get through them and find ways to improve your coparenting relationship. Here are just a few ways that you can do that:
- Be respectful and almost business-like in your interactions with the other parent so that emotions don’t come into play
- Don’t bash the other parent while in the presence of the child
- Remember to put your child’s best interests first when conflict arises with the other parent
- Find a mode of communication that works best for you and the other parent, whether that be phone call, text message, or email
- Utilize technology for calendaring visitation and sharing your child’s events so that everyone remains informed, and consistency and routines can be maintained
- Hash out disagreements in private and not in the presence of the child
- Document all communications and issues with the other parent so that you can refer to them if you need to later on
Seek legal help if and when you need it
While we hope that these tips will be helpful, there is also a chance that your coparenting relationship may not work out for more significant reasons. In these instances, you may want to consider discussing your circumstances with an attorney who can help you craft arguments in support of your child’s best interests. If you would like to learn more about how to do that, now is the time to reach out for assistance.