Picking Up the Pieces

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“As it turns out, the world of moral absolutes is ill-suited to divorce. It isn’t a question of good/bad, success/failure, right/wrong. It is a recognition that what existed is irretrievably broken and that something else must be built in its place.” NY TIMES

Going through a divorce—especially one that involves children—causes emotional and mental turmoil for all involved. Even though a marriage may be over, parents must still be in each other’s lives after the divorce. This article wonderfully articulates the reality of co-parenting and rebuilding your life after divorce. While your post-divorce life may not involve taking family vacations with your ex-spouse, you must still navigate your lives together as co-parents of your children.

At least one element of this couple’s trip, however, is realistically applicable to all parents: the relationship between communication and co-parenting. The parents in this article planned many of the details of this trip in advance, including meals and even bath time. Working out scheduling details together, whether it’s for a joint vacation or a basketball game, not only makes both parents feel informed and involved, it facilitates an easy transition for the children. The people in this article have probably gotten into disagreements about their kids since this article was published, as we all do. As the article points out, though, happy families come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes that requires evaluating our expectations of one another.

In that case, you may need someone to protect your interests. Finally, it’s prudent to hire a lawyer if your spouse has an attorney. Call us to guide you through the process at 713-360-6722.

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