Family law process can help in co-parenting children of divorce

On behalf of Gary Kirk of Kirk Montoute Dawson LLP posted in Family Law on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Besides the couple actually going through a divorce, no one feels the stress more than any children they may have. But, thanks to the family law process in Alberta, these parents have the tools necessary to successful co-parent their children even when they’re no longer living in the same household. Just because they may have two homes now doesn’t mean these kids aren’t still part of a family — it’s just that the family dynamic has changed.

Co-parenting doesn’t have to be complicated. When parents put the best interests of their children first, it’s easier for any animosity that exists between them to become a secondary or nonissue. Each parent has something unique to bring to their children’s lives and when a divorced couple realizes that they each have strengths and weaknesses, they may be able to better work together when it comes to co-parenting their kids.

Hard feelings really need to be put on the back burner when it comes to doing what is best for the children. Communication goes a long way to getting over possible snags when it comes to some parenting issues like discipline, education and health care. When parents make the conscious decision to keep what’s best for their children in the forefront of any conversations, it may be easier for them to reach mutually agreeable decisions.

The family law process in Alberta can be complex and confusing. A lawyer can enlighten his or her clients on the tools available under the law to help them be the best parents they can be. The attorney can even help a client to write an effective co-parenting plan. 

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