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FOR OUR

CHILDREN

LEARNING TO WORK TOGETHER

CO-PARENTING GUIDE

Office of the Attorney General of Texas

“Children need and deserve the love, care, and support of both their parents”

When parents split up, it’s hard on everyone in the family, especially children. This guide is full of information about ways parents who live apart can work together to take care of their children.

In this booklet:

The Legal Agreement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 What is Co-Parenting, and Why Do It? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Communicating With the Other Parent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Talking to Your Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 When Your Kids Visit the Other Parent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Consistency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 How Children at Different Ages May Be Affected . . . . . . . . 9 Conflict With the Other Parent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Parenting Plan: Basic Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Sample Parenting Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Additional Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

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