Even before a baby is born, parents-to-be may discuss their intended parenting methods. After their birth, parents will continually improve and address their parenting techniques as their child grows and needs change. And as most suspect, certain life events could greatly disturb how parents in California and elsewhere will parent their children. Divorce is one of those times where parents will have to reach an agreement, either on their own or by the court, on how they will parent their children moving forward.
While it is never easy to talk about what parenting will be like post-divorce, it is important to begin this discussion when spouses begin to negotiate their divorce. It is important to spell out what you want your parenting time to look like, what decisions can be made by each parent and who will cover costs related to raising the child. If parents are seeking a joint custody arrangement and they believe that they are able to collaborate and communicate effectively post-divorce, a co-parenting relationship is often the best route to take.