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When co-parents disagree over medical care

Being a parent can be difficult at times. This can be especially true if you have gotten divorced and trying to co-parent effectively.

Not only can co-parenting be challenging during calm times, but it can be even more so when there is an issue like your child having a health problem. A disagreement about care can make this even more stressful.

The difficulties of co-parenting

Depending on the relationship you have with your former spouse, co-parenting can either be a smooth process or extremely difficult. Even a smooth co-parenting relationship can become troubled when your child has a medical problem, especially if you do not see eye to eye about how to manage it. You may find yourself wondering who has the most control and who is able to take action in this scenario.

What to do when you disagree about medical care

In most cases, if one parent has full legal custody, then they are able to make medical decisions for the child. However, this may not always be the case, especially if there is joint custody or if there are certain stipulations in the custody agreement. If you are unsure of whether or not this may be the case it can be beneficial to seek out help to better understand your custody agreement.

Divorce can be difficult, and so can co-parenting, particularly in times of trouble. Taking some steps to better understand your custody agreement can put you in a position to make the right decisions for your children.

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