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Is co-parenting the right decision for your family?

When it comes to deciding child custody in Ohio, you have many options on how to handle it. Commonly, couples will decide one parent will take the responsibilities of keeping the children the majority of the time with the other parent only getting visitation rights. However, this is not the standard anymore. Courts like to see both parents take an active role in their children's lives, which means co-parenting is becoming more common.

According to Psychology Today, co-parenting is a collective effort to parent children after the end of a marriage. It may be called joint custody or shared parenting by courts, but it all means the same thing. Both parents are actively involved in the child's life. You and your child's other parent must work together to provide for the child. This requires teamwork and open communication. It is not always easy, but it can be really good for the child.

To make co-parenting easier, there are some specific things you should do. To begin with, your households need to be on the same page. Your children should never feel confused or unsure of the rules because both homes need to have the same rules. You and your ex-spouse should agree to ground rules for your children and follow through with them. In addition, communication between the two of you should be free flowing. It is important you discuss everything and have an open and honest relationship when it comes to the children. Most co-parenting issues can be avoided through just talking about things. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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