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Colorado parents find new ways to build a child custody agreement

Co-parenting after a divorce can be stressful. However, there are a few tricks that can make it easier for parents in Colorado and across the nation. After all, a main goal for parents after a divorce is to ensure that their children are happy and healthy with regard to the final child custody agreement.

First, divorced parents may benefit by looking at each other as business partners. Even though the marriage did not work out, parents can still be great partners when it comes to parenting their children. A good place to start is to keep records of expenses regarding money spent on the children. A shared spreadsheet that shows all expenses and payments may help parents avoid uncomfortable conversations about money.

Some former couples cannot talk face to face effectively, especially after a contentious divorce. Luckily, mobile co-parenting apps, emails and text messages can help. By using these options, parents can communicate without actually having to talk to each other. Also, parents should be willing to be flexible when it comes to their children's time because both parents want to spend as much time as possible with their children. Sometimes, life circumstances change, and a parent may need to make changes in any plans concerning the children.

It is also important for parents to keep their children's teachers and coaches informed of the new family dynamic -- especially if one of the parents remarries. Lastly, parents should make sure that their children have the essentials for daily living at both houses. Children should not have to pack like going on a vacation to spend time at a parent's home.

Colorado parents who are considering a divorce may wish to speak to an attorney about the issues regarding child custody. Each parent should have his or her own attorney to ensure adequate representation. Understandably, a parent's main concern is the health and well-being of the children. An effective co-parenting plan may go a long way toward assuring that.

Source:, "6 Ways To Make Co-Parenting Less Stressful", Brittany Wong, June 24, 2015

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