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How To Prove You Are A Secure and Stable Co-Parent


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When going through a high-conflict divorce many times the court will look at emotional, physical, and environmental factors that support the well-being of the children. While you may want to focus on proving everything your ex is doing to negatively impact the children, you will also want to focus on how you the providing a healthy, stable, and secure home. Children thrive in homes where there is security, safety, stability, and love. This not only creates trust in your parent-child relationship but also provides an environment for the children to thrive developmentally.


The Following Proves You’re a Stable Co-Parent: 


1.Maintain a Stable Residence:

Show that you have a stable and suitable living environment for your child. This includes having a permanent residence, providing a safe and clean home, and ensuring the child has their own bed to sleep in away from the parent. 


2. Employment and Financial Stability:

Demonstrate your financial stability and ability to meet the child's needs. Provide evidence of steady employment, income, and responsible financial management. This may include pay stubs, tax returns, and proof of purchase for the children’s necessities. 


3. Health and Well-being:

Show that you prioritize your child's physical and emotional well-being. Ensure the child has regular medical check-ups and has access to necessary healthcare. Maintain a record of medical appointments, prescriptions, dietary needs, and any relevant health-related information.


4.Consistent Routine:

Demonstrate that you can provide a consistent and structured routine for the child. This may include evidence of regular mealtimes, bedtime routines, and extracurricular activities that contribute to the child's stability and social development.


5.Involvement in Education:

Be actively involved in your child's education to ensure they get to school on time and their homework done. Attend parent-teacher conferences, school events, and stay informed about your child's academic progress. Maintain a record of school-related activities and achievements.


6.Positive Relationship with the Child:

Showcase the positive and loving relationship you have with your child. Document instances of quality time spent together, celebrations, and shared activities. This can include photographs, videos, or written statements.


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7.Communication Skills:

Demonstrate effective communication skills, both with the child and your co-parent. Keep records of any written communication that reflects your willingness to co-parent, share information, and make joint decisions in the child's best interest. Be sure to communicate with your co-parent on an app or email for documentation purposes. 


8,Legal Compliance:

Show that you comply with all legal obligations and court orders. This includes adhering to the parenting plan provisions and court-mandated requirements.


9.Character References:

Collect character references from individuals who can speak to your stability and suitability as a parent. This may include friends, family members, teachers, coaches, neighbors, or healthcare professionals who have observed your parenting abilities.


10.Documentation of Stability Over Time:

Present evidence that demonstrates your stability over an extended period. This may include records spanning several months or years that illustrate your consistent ability to provide for and meet the needs of your child as a caregiver. 


11lTherapeutic Support (if applicable):

If you have sought therapeutic support for yourself or the family, provide documentation to show your commitment to addressing any challenges and creating a positive environment for the child’s emotional and mental well-being. Additionally, if your child has special needs, you'll want to document such services to support their development. 


Remember, the key is to present a comprehensive and well-documented case that focuses on the best interests of the child. Not only is the stability and security you provide to your child essential but it can make all the difference in determining parenting time arrangements, especially in the case of domestic or substance abuse.


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