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Parenting Plans: Five Situations Parents Should Discuss

Ending a relationship does not necessarily mean you’ve seen the last of your partner. You may need to consult with him or her as you raise any children the two of you share. In some cases, co-parenting can be amicable. In other situations, it may be challenging to determine clear lines of communication. Even simple decisions, like who will take a child to get a haircut, can turn into an argument between separated or divorced parents.

While it may be difficult to avoid disagreements with the other parent, you may be able to reduce the likelihood of a toxic relationship by drafting a parenting agreement. This document can outline shared parenting duties, as well as indicate how to address and resolve any disagreements that may arise.

How separation can lead to reconciliation

When you first got married you poured every ounce of your time and energy into caring for each other. Soup and sympathy accompanied sickness, love and support accompanied job stress. As time passed, you learned that your relationship could support added responsibilities, so you added children, pets and a house.

Your incredible children deserved the best and you worked tirelessly to provide for them. You blinked and were into your second decade of marriage. Now, your partner is just that: a partner. Someone you work with to maintain your family. Your exchanges are transactional and no longer loving.