One of the more common reasons former couples end up back up in the courtroom after settling on a parenting plan is differences in child-rearing approaches.

You two can take different steps to try and get on the same page with one another before pursuing a modification in your case, though. 

Establishing an effective co-parenting relationship with your ex

It seldom happens that two parents have the same parenting style. That doesn’t mean that you can’t compromise with one another on common rules and respective punishments to enforce in raising your child, though. You’ll notice quite a difference in terms of your child’s behaviors if there’s consistency from one of your homes to the next. 

You may also find it helpful to be flexible in enforcing rules that you do set for your child to follow, especially in the early stages after you and their other parent split up. You may find that giving your child a chance to make things right when they do something wrong can minimize the stress during this time of transition. 

What to do to avoid subjecting your child to potential conflicts

You probably noticed before you and your ex split how much impact any arguments between the two of you had on your kids. While you may not be able to go back and reverse the damage that these heated conversations have already caused, you may be able to minimize future stress by discussing potentially contentious issues by pulling each other aside. You should do as far outside the earshot of your kids as you can when you do this. 

There are instances in which parents may try their hardest to get on the same page about how to raise their kids best yet struggle to do so. A child custody attorney can help you negotiate with your ex to strike an out-of-court agreement without having to get an Ocala judge involved in ordering a modification in your Florida case.