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Tips for making co-parenting easier

In 2019, it is more likely than ever for a Texas court to encourage 50/50 child custody agreements. The basic idea is to make sure that the child gets an equal amount of time with both parents and keep both parents equally involved in the child's life. There are a few ways to implement 50/50 custody arrangements. In some cases, one parent will be given physical custody of the child for an entire week before the child is transferred to the other parent's house, where they will stay the following week. In other cases, the child may stay with one parent for the first couple of days of the week and the other parent for the next couple of days, and each parent would have the child on alternate weekends.

No matter what your shared child custody arrangement is, it is important that you and your ex learn to effectively co-parent. Many newly divorced couples struggle to get along and find it difficult to put their differences aside for the sake of the children. According to experts however, there are a number of ways to make the co-parenting process much easier.

The most important thing is to learn how to communicate with your ex, even if you dislike them. Avoid getting involved in their personal affairs, and, if you are finding it difficult to keep your feelings under control, choose texting or emailing over in-person contact or phone calls. Remember that your children will be observing your interactions, so it is important to show them that you can respect and cooperate with your ex.

It is also important that you make quality time with your kids a priority. Let their teachers know about the changes in the household, so they are better prepared to handle situations that may arise. You and your ex should also talk about rules the children are expected to follow and their daily routines. Ideally, the child will have the same expectations in both households, giving them much-needed structure and stability. However, it is important for you to be flexible with these expectations, as well as flexible with regards to the time spent with your ex, especially as the child gets older. Remember that the more you and your ex are willing to cooperate with each other, the better off your kids will be.

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