Navigating parenting issues after divorce

Kentucky parents facing the complicated parenting challenges that can arise after the end of a marriage know how difficult it can be to resolve these issues peacefully and beneficially. Divorce can be complex for the younger members of the family, but a co-parenting plan may provide stability and continuity of lifestyle for the children. When choosing to co-parent, it is critical that the terms of the agreement be thoughtful and sustainable so as to avoid future legal complications.

Research has shown that children benefit when they are able to maintain a strong relationship with both parents after divorce. Co-parenting allows children to do this, but it requires that parents work diligently to put aside their emotions and work jointly for the best interests of the children. Disputes can derail a parenting plan if they are not addressed appropriately.

Studies show that parents differ on their approach to co-parenting based on their gender. Fathers are often more concerned with finances and legal concerns, where mothers are often stressed by matters such as the mental and emotional well-being of their child and the stability of the other parent. Both parents are likely to have concerns regarding transportation and logistical matters.

The foundation of a workable co-parenting plan is a desire to do what is best for the children. The issues that threaten the health of a parenting plan can be resolved or avoided entirely by working closely with a Kentucky divorce attorney with experience in child custody disputes. With effort and guidance, it is possible to execute a co-parenting plan that works for every member of the family.

Source:, "MU family researchers offer suggestions to improve co-parenting plans after divorce", Roseann Source, Dec. 6, 2016

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