As many Texas residents know firsthand, co-parenting can be a challenge. This is true even for ex-spouses who separated on relatively amicable terms. When a child grows, new challenges could push an ex-spouse’s emotional resolution to the limit. This is especially true if each spouse has their own parenting style.

As the years pass, one or both ex-spouses may move on and form other romantic relationships. There may be a sense of jealousy or resentment on the part of an ex who feels left behind as they watch their former spouse move on with their life. All of this can have an impact on how smoothly the two parents are able to raise their children. Co-parenting requires long-term commitment, emotional stamina and determination to stick with the job through thick and thin.

Co-parenting can become easier if both parents recognize the important role that they play in the lives of their children. The focus should always be on helping the kids grow emotionally. This requires the ex-spouses to not only have an emotional commitment to their children, but they also need to show warm affection to each other.

Co-parenting means that each parent will have to be selective when deciding to voice a concern or disagreement with the other spouse. It can be harmful for a child to watch their divorced parents fight with each other. Although the divorced parents are going through the process of emotional uncoupling, their children will still have a strong attachment to the both of them.

A family law attorney can help a parent fight for a better child custody arrangement. During child custody hearings, a family law attorney will argue for their client’s fitness as a parent. The goal is to prove that if the client has joint or sole custody, it is in the best interests of the child.