Raising a healthy, happy and well-adjusted child is a difficult process. Family law rules in Louisiana provide a guideline for parents to do just that. However, when divorce is part of the equation and co-parenting comes into play, it can be more difficult and, at times, seem overwhelming. Many parents in this situation have an idea of what co-parenting means, but they should also have a handle on what it does not mean.
First, parents should understand that co-parenting is about their children, not about them. Consequently, parents must strive to do what is in the best interests of their children even when they are having trouble agreeing on their own issues. It is also not to be done without a set of rules since children thrive on structure and consistency, so parents should set boundaries and have rules regarding bed time, phone time and the like. It is also not a competition between parents.
Co-parenting is not always a 50/50 split between parents. There may be times when children spend more time with one parent than the other, depending upon life’s circumstances. And parents need to know that raising their children together separately is not always going to be comfortable or easy. No one expects parents to always come out looking like superheroes. That said, it is important for parents to work together making the decisions that they deem the right ones for their children.
Some divorced Louisiana parents may need answers to perplexing questions about co-parenting their children and how the law sees it. Those looking for information may do well to speak with an experienced family law attorney. A lawyer may be able to clarify those areas of family law pertaining to children that seem confusing and complex.