There is no doubt that parenting can be a difficult job. Many California residents may have an even more trying time if they have gone through, or are going through, divorce and must deal with child custody issues. Though co-parenting is a more common outcome in many divorce cases, some parents may still face issues when dealing with the arrangement.
In some instances, one parent may be more present in the children's lives. As a result, that parent may have to shoulder more of the parental responsibilities when it comes not only to handling the needs of the children but also of reminding the other parent that he or she has responsibilities too. Parental interaction can play a significant role in the children's lives, and if one parent is not upholding his or her end of the arrangement, children could be negatively affected.
Though many parents may wish a simple reminder would be sufficient, conflict could arise over such issues. If one parent must deal with another parent who is confrontational, it may be prudent to approach the situation in a business-like way. Setting boundaries when it comes to communication and not participating in moments of instigation could be helpful.
Though many parents hope that their children will have both parental figures in their lives, child custody issues are not uncommon. If California residents are concerned about their current or potential custody arrangements, they may want to ensure that they fully understand the terms of the agreements. If the situation is high conflict and may negatively affect the children, parents may wish to determine whether modifications could be worth considering.
Source: The Huffington Post, "How To Raise Kids With An Ex Who Acts And Thinks Like Donald Trump", Brittany Wong, July 28, 2016