In most cases, Ohio law will allow both parents to have relationships with their children after a divorce. Therefore, it’s likely that you will interact with your former partner on a regular basis even after dissolving your marriage to that person. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to make the process of raising your child with that person easier.
Keep the focus on your child’s needs
It’s possible that you won’t get physical custody of your child in a divorce settlement. It’s also possible that you won’t get to see your children on Christmas day or on weekdays during the school year. However, it’s important to not let your anger or resentment have a negative impact on your child’s upbringing. Instead, you should appreciate the time that you do have with your son or daughter.
Don’t argue with your former partner in front of the children
Conflicts will undoubtedly arise during the course of raising a child. However, it’s important to address those conflicts when your son or daughter is not around. If necessary, a mediator can help resolve any disputes between yourself and your partner. As mediation is a private process, there is no need for your child to attend a session or be privy to any agreements reached using this process.
Make an effort to spend time together as a family
Assuming that you have an amicable relationship with your former partner, it may be worthwhile to schedule regular family events. For instance, you and your child’s other parent can take your son or daughter out to dinner once a week. Your family law attorney may be able to provide more insight into the benefits of engaging in these group activities.
Generally speaking, getting along with your spouse is the most effective way to obtain custody of your kids. If you have custody of your children, having a good relationship with their other parent can be a good way to ensure that you retain your status as a primary caregiver.