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Tips for resolving parental disputes without hurting the kids

If you've decided to become a coparent and share joint custody with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you're bound to encounter some form of conflict with the other parent of your child at some point in the future. Although some ex-spouses can certainly pass through post-divorce parenthood without any kind of arguments, it's not that uncommon. As such, you'll want to develop an action plan for conflict resolution and build it into your divorce settlement.

The best way to address issues relating to parental conflict is through a strategically drafted parenting plan that includes various provisions for resolving disagreements.

Parenting provisions relating to dispute resolution

Here are some excellent parenting provisions that address dispute resolution that you can include in your parenting plan:

  • If a dispute or argument should arise, the parents agree to discuss such matters out of earshot and visual range of the children.
  • The parents agree to seek professional assistance to resolve disputes that they can't resolve on their own. Such assistance may include a professional mediator, a family counselor or a family law arbitrator.
  • The parents agree to split any costs related to professional dispute resolution services via the following split: 50 percent to be paid by Parent A and 50 percent to be paid by Parent B.
  • The parents will notify one another in writing by certified mail when they wish to invoke their rights to professional mediation, arbitration or family counselor mediation in the event of a dispute.
  • Should the parenting plan require revisions, the revisions must be written out, dated, approved and signed by both of the parents. Both parents will also receive a copy of the agreement with original signatures.
  • The parents agree to meet and review their parenting plan arrangements twice a year or as necessary.

Are you concerned about post-divorce disputes?

    Are you concerned about avoiding post-divorce disputes and/or how to resolve them? The more you understand about your legal rights under your divorce agreement and parenting plan, the better you'll be able to navigate any potential disagreements. Knowing the law will allow you be realistic with regard to your demands, and it will also prevent you from becoming the victim of a parent who tries to encroach upon your legal rights.

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