by Jaye Taylor
Shareholder and Attorney at Buckley Law P.C.
If you are co-parenting with the other parent of your child, you will understand first-hand the difficulties of managing the varying dynamics of the relationship. It can often be difficult to stay on the same page when it comes to key parenting issues, from agreeing on disciplining strategies and deciding on education philosophies, to managing the logistics of scheduling.
This is why it can often be very helpful to put a parenting plan into place. This plan can help both you and the other parent to manage your time effectively and agree on certain important issues. In turn, the plan can ultimately benefit your child, helping them to feel secure in their predictable schedule.
Create the plan with your child in mind
It is important to constantly think of your child's needs and emotions when creating your parenting plan. It is likely that your child will thrive on some level and consistency, and it is important that you provide them with this.
Be practical regarding logistics
It's also important that you do not become too ambitious in regard to the schedule. Develop a plan that will work for both you and the other parent, and that will be easy to maintain in the long-term.
Do consider your parenting philosophies
While you and the other parent may not agree on everything, you should try and develop some fundamental common ground from which you can base your joint parenting philosophy. Try to have a frank discussion with your child's other parent about discipline and parental oversight.
If you are struggling to co-parent in Oregon, you may want to take action to understand how you can improve the situation.
Jaye Wickham Taylor is an attorney and Shareholder at Buckley Law P.C. and focuses her practice on family law litigation. Jaye Taylor has successfully litigated some of the most challenging and emotionally charged family law cases in the state, involving custody of children to fathers, severe parental alienation and abduction, allegations of domestic violence and international move-away cases.
Specialties: Custody, Support, division of assets and debts, modifications, elder abuse, will contests, adoptions, domestic violence, domestic partnerships, prenups.
The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. You should not act upon any information contained in this article without consulting an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.