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Keeping Lines of Communication Open During Child Custody Transition

parent child custody transitionFall is an exciting time for parents. When children head back to school, or start attending for the first time, it can bring major changes to those summertime schedules some parents get used to. It can also mean big changes in the amount of parenting time a non-custodial parent has with their children. Perhaps you have been with your children all summer and now it’s time for them to go, or perhaps you have been without your children all summer and now they are returning. Either way it can mean a major adjustment. The important thing to remember is always try and keep open lines of communication with the other parent, especially during difficult times of transition. Lack of effective communication during child custody transitions can put added stress into already stressful situations.

Communicate early to avoid litigation

Often times, people will approach me with concerns about their children or the other parent, which could be easily fixed if properly and timely addressed. When communication breaks down over children, parents will naturally become defensive. This can quickly and easily lead to expensive and sometimes unnecessary litigation. There are certainly times when court intervention is not only appropriate, but also the only option. However, even if you believe your situation is heading this way, maintaining, or at least attempting to maintain, open and productive communication with the other parent can make the process easier and more productive.

Court Intervention may be necessary

If, despite your best efforts, you find you are in a situation where the other parent will not effectively communicate, it is sometimes necessary to request Court intervention. This is especially appropriate to protect the best interests of your children. Court intervention can take different forms with varying degrees of cost and complexity. Some forms of court intervention can include:

  • Mediation
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Appointment of a parenting coordinator
  • Filing for a modification of parenting time
  • Change in custody

Get good legal council

Effective communication is critical to a joint custody agreement and successful co-parenting. If one parent is making unilateral custody decisions and failing to communicate, these actions could necessitate a change in custody. If you believe that a parenting time or custody modification is appropriate for your family law matter, it may be time to consult an attorney. The Cantor Law Group offers a free consultation where one of the experienced family law attorneys will discuss your specific matter and provide thorough information regarding your case, and answers to your family law questions. Feel free to call us today at 602-254-8880 so we can discuss your options.

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