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Resolving the most common co-parenting conflicts


by Jaye Taylor
Shareholder and Attorney at Buckley Law P.C.

Co-parenting is one of the most difficult relationships to maintain. Naturally, you have a romantic history with your other co-parent, and for one reason or another, things did not work out. Co-parenting successfully requires putting your differences aside in a mature way. This can be difficult, but it is always possible if you are fully committed to the well-being of your child.

The following are some of the most common conflicts that co-parents tend to face and how it is possible to successfully resolve them. By reflecting on conflict resolution, it is likely that you will be better equipped to deal with conflict in your own co-parenting relationship.

Conflicts regarding the discipline of your child

Children crave consistency, and discipline tends to be most effective when it is consistent and predictable. Therefore, having different discipline philosophies than your co-parent can be problematic. It is important to try and discuss these issues with the other parent and try to gain common ground. However, if you have genuine concern for your child's safety, you should alert the authorities.

Conflicts regarding child support

If child support isn't being paid or there are disagreements regarding how much should be paid, this should never affect issues regarding parenting time. It is important that you try to see time with the other parent as a reward for your child, and that you involve the court when you are having problems with child support.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed because of disagreements with the other parent of your child, you may want to consider how taking legal action could help you 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.

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