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What to do about co-parenting disagreements

Even with a parenting plan in place, there are sure to be times when you don’t see eye to eye with you ex-spouse. When that happens, it’s critical that you consider all your options to ensure that you take the appropriate steps.

Here are several things you can do while approaching a co-parenting disagreement:

  • Let it roll off your back: That’s right. Rather than bring it to light, simply forget about it. This works best when it’s a minor disagreement that won’t impact either you or your children. Doing this allows you to avoid an uncomfortable conversation that has the potential to turn into an argument.
  • Share your feelings: If you feel strongly that it needs discussed, share your feelings on the matter with your ex-spouse. Lay out your position and be receptive to what they have to say.
  • Follow you parenting plan: If you have questions or concerns, you may find the answers you’re looking for in your parenting plan. For example, you may have a disagreement about where your children will spend the holidays. If this is outlined in your parenting plan, you can turn to it for direction. There’s no gray area here. Your plan was approved by the court.
  • Take legal action: This is a last resort, but it may be something to consider if your ex-spouse isn’t doing their part in following your parenting plan. For instance, if your ex has visitation rights, they may continually violate them. A common example includes keeping your children for longer than expected. You don’t want to take legal action, as it will result in more tension between the two of you, but protecting your rights is of utmost importance. Neglecting to do so puts both you and your children in a worse position.

Consider if one or more of these approaches can help you settle your co-parenting disagreement. If you continue to run into challenges, review your parenting plan and then consider if it’s time to take legal action.

The most important thing to you should be maintaining a strong relationship with your children, all while protecting your legal rights.