Are you one of many people in Washington who keeps a close eye on celebrities and the ups and downs of their relationships? One of the most closely watched couples is Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. From the first rumors about a divorce a long time ago, until the shocking news that this couple finally filed for divorce in September, the scrutiny continues as rumors of Pitt abusing one or more of the children were quashed. Now, the focus is on who will have child custody and how will they arrange parenting and visitation.
I came across this article and in my experience as a child custody lawyer, I thought it sound and necessary advice. And felt compelled to share this on my blog as it is a practical "to do" list for parents to review for themselves and with their children when going through a divorce.
I imagine you are thinking since you are no longer together, shrugging off Father's Day seems like a no brainer. But an end in a relationship does not signal the end of your co-parenting duties with your ex.
Co-Parenting is difficult. Emotions run high when parties separate, especially if they are involved in a child custody dispute through a divorce or parentage action. When a relationship ends, hurt feelings about the other parent can trickle down to the kids. Intentional or not, negative comments about the other party made in front of the kids hurts them, not your ex. Here is an article with some helpful tips on how to handle your bad-mouthing ex. My Ex Keeps Tashing Me to the Kids! What Should I Do?