With a new year comes new obstacles for some parents, especially those who share custody of their children. Many of us make lists of things we'd like to improve at this time of year, so why not make co-parenting one of them?
Life after divorce is challenging, but you can make an effort to begin your new year with purpose and intent. Finding a new way to work together with your ex-spouse can make life easier for the two of you and your children.
Here are a few ideas you can add to your list of resolutions this year.
1. Resolve Old Issues
Try to give yourself a fresh start! Let the new year in with positivity and ask your ex if you can clear up concerns you may have experienced in the past while co-parenting and would like to change. Try explaining how those issues affected your parenting and why it's essential you both work on improving your co-parenting relationship.
2. Encourage Your Children
Encourage your children to come up with ideas for how they want to spend their visitation time. And talk to your ex about being supportive of your children's ideas. Your kids will feel a sense of purpose and self-importance because they will know their wants and opinions matter to their parents.
3. Plan Family Time
When you make your visitation plan for the year, consider adding some things you didn't get the chance to do with your children last year. Try using this opportunity to create a goal that you and your family can achieve together.
4. Modify Your Custody Agreement
If you’re considering resolutions for this year, you may feel that it’s time to make changes for your kids to adjust to the new year. Your new plans may include reviewing and modifying your custody agreement. Consider taking the time to discuss the changes you would like to make with your ex, and then consult with a family law attorney for help.
If you need a hand with making modifications to your custody agreement, Bobby Dale Barina of Bobby Dale Barina, Attorney At Law can patiently guide you through the legal process of updating your agreement. Our team understands how difficult it is to co-parent after a divorce, and we are happy to help.
Contact us at (254) 523-4446 for further information about modifying your custody agreement.