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The potential benefits of a parallel parenting plan

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2021 | Child Custody |

Divorce can be an emotionally challenging process for both the parents and the children. The issues that led to a divorce do not automatically disappear simply because the process is final, and two Mississippi parents may find it especially difficult to work together in a co-parenting arrangement. If peaceful co-parenting is not possible, parallel parenting may be the ideal choice.

This is a parenting plan that allows the children to have regular access to both parents, but it does not require the parents to work closely together or communicate regularly. The parents will make their own choices on how day-to-day life will operate when it’s their turn to have the kids. By giving each parent the freedom to make daily choices and decisions, there is little reason for the two of them to communicate.

Much of the stress kids experience when their parents divorce is the result of ongoing conflict. By eliminating direct contact, there is little chance of contention. For important decisions pertaining to the kids, a parallel parenting plan may allow one parent to decide depending on the domain, such as education or health care. If the matter is especially serious, mediation or further intervention may be necessary.

Parallel parenting provides kids a sense of security and stability without the need for parents to work closely with each other. This could be an ideal choice for Mississippi parents who are unable to remain amicable and respectful in a co-parenting plan. Before agreeing to terms regarding child custody, it may be beneficial to speak with an experienced family law attorney.


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