Co-Parenting FAQ

If you are a parent and you’re getting a divorce, you probably have some big questions on your mind regarding how this will impact your children, how you will handle co-parenting with your ex, and what you can do to make the transition go as smoothly as possible. In today’s blog post, the Grey Legal team is answering some of the most commonly asked questions about co-parenting.

Do I have to share my kids with my ex?

California courts determine child custody arrangement based on the child’s best interest. In most cases, this means the child will be able to have an ongoing relationship with both parents, whether they share custody or one parent has custody and the other has visitation rights. Unless your ex poses a threat to your child’s health and safety, or does not want to have a relationship with your child, you will probably have to share responsibility for them to some extent.

How can I make co-parenting with my ex less stressful?

We recommend reminding yourself of one thing: Even if you go about it differently, you and your ex likely have a shared goal — to do what’s best for your child. We know it is easier said than done, but try to be patient when your parenting styles clash. This means being flexible with your schedule, communicative about what’s going on in your child’s life, willing to ask for help, and supportive of your ex’s child rearing decisions. It benefits your child to present a united front. Remember that even though you’re no longer a couple, you still have to be a team to do what’s best for your child.

What should I do if I think we need to modify our child custody arrangement?

As time passes, circumstances change. What’s in your child’s best interest might change too. If you think you need to modify your court-ordered custody arrangement and your ex agrees, you may do so by filing a Form FL 300 with the court. If they do not agree, you must request a court hearing.

Who can help me with family law matters like custody and divorce?

When you are dealing with family law matters like custody and divorce, you need the guidance of an experienced family law attorney. The Grey Legal team is here to help. If you have further questions, we encourage you to reach out to us. We are passionate about helping clients handle these matters wisely and efficiently!

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