What to Ask
There are many questions that help shine a light into the dark shadows of those parts of the decree that are missing. Though it will likely be difficult and painful to work with the other parent to get them to agree to amend the decree and additional co-parenting terms, it is essential.
The following are examples of questions that should be answered to avoid future discord and move towards better co-parenting terms.
- How do parent time exchanges occur? Who drives?
- If you’re meeting in the middle, how’s that chosen?
- Who schedules medical appointments?
- Does the other party need to be consulted in the choice of date and time? How much notice is required?
- How do medical emergencies work?
- What happens if emergency arises and the other parent is not at the ER in time to weigh in on an immediate decision that needs to be made?
Parenting Standards and Style:
- What about the fine line between parenting style and parenting standards?
- How is discipline decided when it needs to be enforced between two homes?
- Are there going to be common rules between both homes, and which rules can acceptably vary between the two homes?
- The decree calls for division of out-of-pocket uninsured medical expenses but does not specify how reimbursements are made. What is the best practice for that?
- What about changes in insurance?
The New Significant Other:
- What about news that your children are going to be meeting the new significant other of the other party?
- Should you get such notice?
- Should you have the chance to meet the person before the children do? Are you entitled to her full name?
- Are you entitled to know his date of birth so you can determine his background?