The co-parenting process changes when the kids are out of school for the summer. Suddenly, one or both parents may find themselves with a lot more free time on their hands. For some divorced couples, this can be a difficult time. In the following blog post, BTR Law will point out some of the things that may happen during the summer months, as well as tips and suggestions for when co-parents find themselves struggling.
Changes Will Happen
With the kids out of school and different visitation arrangements in full swing, there will be some changes to adapt to.
More Free Time
One of the first things that may happen is that co-parents find themselves with more time on their hands. This can be a good thing, as it gives them more time to spend with their children. However, it can also be a bad thing, leading to boredom and Restlessness. Co-parents need to balance spending time with their children and giving them the space they need to be independent.
Potential For Disagreements
Another thing that may happen is that co-parents start to argue more. This is often because they are both feeling stressed and overwhelmed. It is important for co-parents to remember that they are on the same team and that they need to work together to co-parent effectively.
Suggestions For Parents
While summer may present more challenges for co-parents, there are strategies that can set you and your family up for success.
Flexibility Can Help
One of the first things to keep in mind is that co-parents need to be flexible with their schedules. Just because the kids are out of school doesn't mean everything else stops. Parents still have work and other obligations that they need to attend to. However, it is important to be flexible and work around each other's schedules as much as possible.
Communicate About Issues
Another thing to keep in mind is that communication is key. This is especially true when co-parents are trying to figure out a summer schedule. It is important to talk about what each parent's plans are, and what the kids want to do over the summer. By communicating with each other, co-parents can avoid a lot of the conflict that may arise.
Teamwork Is Crucial
Furthermore, co-parents need to remember that they are a team. Just because the kids are out of school doesn't mean that co-parents are off the hook. If anything, co-parenting during the summer can be even more challenging. By working together and understanding each other's needs, co-parents can make the summer a success.
Time For Yourself
Lastly, co-parents should make sure to take some time for themselves. This means taking breaks from the children and doing things that they enjoy. When the kids have visitation with their other parent, make sure to do activities that bring you relaxation and joy.
Resources For Help
If co-parents are having a difficult time, there are a few resources that they can turn to. First, they can talk to their friends and family members. This can be a great way to get support and advice.
Second, co-parents can seek out professional help. This may include talking to a therapist or counselor. Co-parents can also join co-parenting groups. This can be a great way to meet other co-parents and get support. However, if an ex-spouse or fellow co-parent fails to adhere to the custody arrangement, legal assistance may be necessary.
BTR Law Can Provide Custody Assistance
If you are concerned about your custody arrangement and visitation plan for the summer, it is crucial to have the assistance of an experienced Angleton custody attorney. At BTR Law we will always prioritize the needs of your child first, striving to find an arrangement that suits you and your family’s best interests.