Let’s all be honest, co-parenting is a lost art. There are so many emotions and different circumstances behind why the parents might have went their own ways, but most don’t remember to take the child’s perspective into account. Kara Bellew’s new post explains what topics the court considers to be beneficial for the child, reinforces that parents need to be realistic in what the child may need from the secondary parent and urges that the custodial parent act appropriately for the well being of the child.
- Unless there is abuse or the child is in danger, it is best to have regular contact with both parents.
- If the custodial parent interferes with the child’s visits and relationship with the non-custodial parent, then this can affect the judge’s view of the custodial parent.
- In extreme cases, a custodial parent will turn a child against the non-custodial parent, which is known as parental alienation.
“The willingness and commitment of the custodial parent to encourage the relationship between the child and the non-custodial parent cannot be understated.”