The best situation is when parents work together to raise a child. They should make the decisions about the child together and hopefully agree on what they will do to raise their child. In homes where both parents cannot do this or if the parents do not live in the same home, it is still possible to make decisions together. Co-parenting is something that can be worked out to benefit children who do not have parents that live together.

Co-parenting agreements can help parents make decisions about the care of their child. The agreements can deal with issues about education, religious teaching and other parenting decisions that have to be made. The co-parenting agreements can identify how decisions are to be made for the child. When parents do not live together, co-parenting agreement are the best way to make sure that both parents have a say in how the child is raised. It will help no matter what the custody agreement is and is enforceable when it is not followed.

People often have the following types of questions:

  • What is co-parenting?
  • Why is it so important in Texas?
  • How does co-parenting benefit children?
  • How do you co-parent when you live together?
  • How do you co-parent when you live apart?
  • Why married parents need to co-parent?
  • What do I do if I don’t want to co-parent?
  • What do I do if the other parent doesn’t co-parent?
  • How do I learn to co-parent?
  • How are decisions for the child made in a co-parent arrangement?
  • Who makes decision in a co-parent arrangement?
  • Are co-parenting arrangement enforceable?
  • Where can I find on-line parenting classes?
  • Are parenting class required by Texas courts?


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