Parenting a child involves more than one parent’s interaction with their child.
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Co-parenting and Communication Between Parents
California family law judges expect parents to co-parent and to communicate with one another. One of the foundational elements that a family law judge takes into consideration before making a decision is whether one parent is frustrating or preventing communication or refusing to engage in co-parenting. The reason is because, in California, the laws favor both co-parenting and communication between the parents and expressly provide that a parent who is unwilling to engage in both may not be fit to have joint or primary custody.
Alternatives to Co-parenting
However, if co-parenting is just not possible, there are alternatives. Parallel parenting in high conflict child custody cases can be very effective and consistent with the children’s best interest. Remember, uncooperative parenting and interference with the other parent’s rights may not only lead to a change in custody but a contempt action against the interfering parent. Joint legal custody rights and court ordered parenting time are not suggestions. Once entered into a court order, they become the law.
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