Whether they like it or not, single parents may encounter difficulties when trying their best at taking care of their children. Single parents from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, may sometimes be subjected to court appearances, child custody disputes and the supporting parent's failure to pay child support.
Handling these issues well can make all the difference for both the parents and child. For example, one single mother said that she found a true partner in her ex-spouse, whom she considers a loving and devoted father. Though she may have issues with him as a husband, she has none when it comes to his co-parenting their son.
The couple has joint custody of their child, who is with her four nights a week and the remaining days of the week he is with her ex-husband. Because of their custody agreement, they both have the luxury of more leisure time and at the same time; they are both fully involved in their child's life. They both attend the child's doctor appointments and have monthly dinners as a family. This may reduce the impact of the divorce on the child.
If both parents consider the best interests of the child, co-parenting may prove to be a convenient and a healthy arrangement. It may simply require cooperation and the parents may need to give extra time to their child.
To develop such a co-parenting agreement as well as attempting to resolve other child custody concerns, Philadelphia residents should seek the help of a legal professional. The legal professional will have the skills to handle such issues and may be able to ensure that the child's best interests are protected.
Source: Huffington Post, "I'm Not A Single Mom," Annette Powers, Mar. 19, 2013