Long after their Pennsylvania marriage has been legally dissolved, former spouses who have young children are still left with the responsibility of co-parenting. In a perfect world, it would be seamless and without conflict. However, as many parents are aware, it can be difficult. Although hurdles are almost inevitable, some points of contention can be easily and peacefully resolved.
Prevent points of conflict when possible
Many disagreements can be avoided with a little planning. For example, some parents find schedules and time allotted with the child to be a hot button issue. This problem can be prevented by preparing a parenting plan. If your family has “outgrown” an existing plan, a family law attorney who may be able to help you update/modify the parenting plan.
Ease financial disputes
Child support is a necessary component of co-parenting. Parents always hope to emotionally support their children, but financial assistance can be crucial. If there is a dispute at hand regarding support, either parent is entitled to request a review from their local child support office. However, be mindful that Pennsylvania child support offices only allot a review of child support every three years. A family law attorney will understand the intricacies and complexities of child support law. This knowledge and professional aide could help you modify or enforce your current child support order.
Confront conflict with help
Co-parenting can be difficult, but it is not without reward. Resolving conflicts, planning or even enlisting the help of an attorney can bring you one step closer to a happy and conflict-free co-parenting relationship.