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Making child custody work with a difficult co-parent

One of the most difficult aspects of a divorce is figuring out how it will impact the children. Child custody is complex, and it doesn't necessarily get easier after the process is final, especially if a person has to work with a difficult co-parent. Co-parenting with a toxic former spouse is never easy, but it is sometimes best for the kids to try and make the process as smooth as possible for the interests of the children.

A toxic person is one who is narcissistic and wants to blame the other for his or her own faults. This personality trait can make it remarkably difficult to parent together. In some cases, a toxic person is just hard to deal with, but in some co-parenting situations, it can lead to significant problems. This may include parental alienation and harming the child's relationship with the other New Jersey parent.

For couples who will not be able to make a co-parenting relationship work well, a beneficial option may be parallel parenting. This type of custody plan allows two parents to have equitable time with their children, but they will interact with each other very little. Through a thorough schedule and detailed plan, the kids will go back and forth while parents do not have to interact with one another.

If conflict continues to be a problem in a co-parenting plan, it may help for the parents to seek outside guidance. Through mediation, negotiation or even counseling, New Jersey parents may be able to set aside their own feelings for the sake of making their kids' lives less stressful. Before agreeing to child custody terms or adjusting custody plans, a parent may want to speak to his or her legal ally regarding potential legal options. 

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