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Back-to-school time holds many challenges for children. This may be especially true if they are the product of separation or divorce. For many families, child custody issues can put a damper on the ceremonial back-to-school milestones. California families may be interested to see how others are handling the same struggles.

When a couple in another state was divorcing, their number-one priority was their 4-year old daughter. The child’s mother was feeling resentment when her soon-to-be ex-husband began a new relationship. Having another woman mothering her child hurt, making it difficult to co-parent. However, she was able to put aside her anger and hurt feelings. It all came down to what was in the best interest of her child.

It took this family over a year to determine that they would need to work together as a team. Children do not ask to be born, and they do not choose divorce. These parents decided the best way would be for the daughter not to have to choose but to be free to love all of her parents. Putting all negative feelings aside, these two women, mom and step-mom, become friends. As friends and moms, they walked their daughter into school on the first day hand-in-hand.

In a perfect world, this would be ideal. However, not all families can put their feelings on the back burner. Those feelings may make it difficult to come to a mutual child custody agreement. California parents who are struggling with co-parenting issues may benefit from the advice of a family law attorney to help guide them through the process.

Source: today.com, “‘We just love our daughter,’ says mom co-parenting with ex”, Allison Slater Tate, Aug. 24, 2017