Parents who share custody of a minor child in Colorado may face challenges when trying to co-parent. During summer months, there are important steps that parents can take to make these difficulties easier.

Communication and respect are key when it comes to working with another parent over the summer. Children often follow the example set by their parents. If a child sees one parent disrespecting the other, that can adversely affect the relationship that the child has with both parents.

Parents should revisit their parenting plans before summer comes to work out any disagreements in advance. When there are discrepancies between what each parent wants for their children during the summer, a mediator can sometimes help resolve the dispute by encouraging parents to agree on a reasonable compromise.

Children should understand the expectations their parents have for them over the summer months, especially when they will be dividing time between two households. Creating a calendar is one way to help reduce stress, frustration and anxiety.

Parents should also try to consider the bigger picture when disagreements arise. It is important to remember that arrangements over the summer are only temporary. When arguments happen, parents should consider whether the problem will truly matter months or years in the future.

Sometimes, it is not possible for parents to solve some of the challenges that come with sharing joint custody on their own. An attorney with experience in family law may be able to help request a modification of a previous order or pursue enforcement of a prior order when one parent is disobeying.

One common scenario is when a parent refuses to let a child go with the other parent for extended summer visitation. An attorney may be able to help parents who are facing this problem file a motion to modify previous child custody orders or request that the other parent be held in contempt of court.