Look, hiring a lawyer and “winning” a child custody case is a long, expensive, and grueling process. It creates further discord, tension, and stress for everyone involved and regardless of the circumstances, the children themselves tend to lose, no matter how positive you believe your intentions are.
The reality is Family Court can take years to resolve, thousands of dollars that could have been used for your children, hours of work for court dates and years off your life due to the stress. A great alternative to help create stability in your children’s lives through this already hard time is Co-Parenting.
Co-Parenting can be accomplished on your own, through the help of counseling and mediation, and a plethora of other ways.
The Co-Parenting Path
As difficult, and in some cases, as impossible as it may seem, Co-Parenting is a path that truly puts your kids first. It may not be easy, in fact, it probably won’t be easy. But, it is best for your children. Children need to see their parents acting respectable to each other. A child’s parents’ relationship will serve as a model for the type of relationships they will one day have. Further, your children will grow up happier and healthier and they will one day know you did your best, given the circumstances.
Children who have shared parenting and whose parents Co-Parent are more likely to have higher self-esteem, which helps a child’s development. Low self-esteem often leads children to partake in juvenile delinquency.
Children who don’t have adequate time with both parents result in:
- 63% of youth suicides
- 85% of youth in prison
- 71% of high school dropouts
- 75% of adolescents in substance abuse rehab
By setting your differences aside and truly focusing on your children’s needs and Co-Parenting, you can create better outcomes for your children.