As the New Year approaches, it is a good time to start new habits and dismiss some old unneeded ones. If you have been involved in a custody case in the past few years and are now attempting to co-parent, it is also a good time to reevaluate the process of co-parenting, formulate new habits and eliminate some not so healthy behaviors. The following are suggestions to improve your own co-parenting regardless of whether you are involved in a Nevada child custody case or not in the upcoming year.
1. Resolve not to disparage the other parent in the presence of your children.
2. Make a habit of not discussing any ongoing litigation involving you and the other parent.
3. Enroll in co-parenting classes and attempt to learn new techniques for better co-parenting.
4. Set a goal to keep the other parent better informed about your children when they are in your care and included on your children’s important activities.
5. Make a point and habit of keeping a journal to record your parenting concerns, visitation and other contact with the child.
6. Be polite to your child’s other parent and attempt to work with them and not against them.
7. Have a cooperative spirit in making needed changes to the visitation schedule.
8. Allow the other parent to participate in decision making and listen to their opinions.
9. Encourage your children to have free contact by phone when in your care with the other parent.
10. Attempt to mediate or work with a parenting coordinator before filing a contested action to resolve issues.
These are just a few suggestions to hopefully help each of co-parent better and more effectively in the upcoming year.
This article is not meant to be all-inclusive or a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney in your own jurisdiction. If you are involved in a legal matter and have questions, you should contact a competent attorney in your own jurisdiction.
K. Beth Luna, Esq. is licensed in Tennessee, Florida and Nevada. The information provided is based upon Nevada law only. If you are looking for information for another jurisdiction, please contact an attorney in that area. The Luna Law Firm handles annulment matters on a regular basis in the Reno, Carson, Nevada area. We also represent individuals in Yerington, Minden, Fernley and Fallon, Nevada.
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