If you got divorced last year or battled with an ex over your kids, you are probably happy to put 2016 in the rearview mirror. However, you can struggle with many of the same problems in 2017 unless you resolve to address some difficult -- and common -- co-parenting challenges.
In order to make things a little better for your and your kids, consider taking the following actions.
- Get caught up on child support: If you owe child support, you need to pay it or face serious penalties. If you are seeking support from a delinquent ex, take action to enforce the support order through the Florida court system.
- Ease custody exchange tensions: Picking up or dropping off your child can be a stressful, painful situation. However, making the effort to do simple things like be on time, meet in a neutral or convenient location, and stay focused on your child's experience and well-being can make for a far less tense exchange.
- Review your parenting plan: If it has been a few years since your parenting plan was created, it can be wise to take some time to review it and make sure it still meets your needs and your child's needs. If it needs revision, don't put it off until a dispute arises. Talk about any changes and updates before they become serious problems.
Sharing a child with an ex may never be easy or enjoyable, but it doesn't have to be the contentious battle it could very well be right now. Addressing these pain points and frustrations sooner, rather than later, can help you and your kids have a much better year this year.
You should also remember that you don't have to tackle these problems alone. An attorney can help you with every one of these co-parenting issues to ensure they are resolved legally, fairly and as peacefully as possible.