When divorced parents have shared custody of their children, setting common house rules can often be difficult. However, agreeing on common house rules can make the transition easier for the kids. As such, it is imperative that parents in Pennsylvania attempt to work together to agree on what shared house rules they will have.
One of the easiest ways to reach a parenting agreement regarding house rules is to have both parents sit down and talk it out. Parents should pick the rules that are most important to them while agreeing to compromise on other rules that they do not feel are as important. For example, if a parent is set on having a specific bedtime, the other parent may agree in order to maintain consistency. If the children are at least 6 years old, parents may wish to include them so that they feel that they have some control over their lives during this transition time.
If the parents find that they cannot reach an agreement, they can opt to work with a mediator or go back to court. Working with a mediator allows the parents to maintain control. Once they go back to court, however, the judge will be in charge of making the final decisions.
While some parents are able to move past their differences and work together to raise their children, others may not be able to. Because the children's needs will change numerous times as they grow up, a family law attorney could represent a parent in regards to custody disputes or other changed circumstances.