Even after a couple chooses to separate or get a divorce, they are still responsible for raising their children together. Ideally, parents in North Carolina and elsewhere who are no longer together will present a united front at all times. Presenting a unified front sends a message to a son or daughter that the rules apply no matter whom he or she is with. It also prevents a child from trying to exploit a parental disagreement for his or her own gain.
In most cases, parents share custody and other rights to their children. Therefore, they should understand that they have to involve each other when making decisions about their sons and daughters. This typically applies to major decisions such as where a child goes to school as well as relatively minor decisions like not allowing a child to use a pacifier.
When making decisions, it’s important for the adults to put the needs of the children first. Doing so can help to ensure that they are not being put in the middle of a dispute between two adults. If an individual believes that a decision isn’t in the child’s best interest, it may be best to not pursue it. In many cases, it’s easier and less stressful to work together with a former partner than it is to go all out to win every battle.
The best interests of the child are paramount in a child custody case. In many cases, parents will need to share physical or legal custody of their kids even if they don’t like each other. In some cases, they will need to share both physical and legal custody of their children. Parents who have concerns about their child’s safety are encouraged to talk to their attorneys about how to resolve them.