It is very common for married parents to disagree on important issues involving their children. They have to find solutions or compromises and work together.
But this gets more difficult when you and your co-parent are divorced. Theoretically, you should still work together, but you may find that they are not nearly as willing to do so as you would like. But what if you disagree about something major? How do you make that decision?
Receiving a court order
For example, maybe it’s a healthcare situation where you believe your child needs a certain type of medical treatment. For their own reasons, your ex is opposed to this type of treatment. You have tried to explain to them that you think it is the best option, but they won’t budge on their position. At the same time, you won’t relent on the fact that this is a treatment your child needs because you want to put them first. So how do you decide who gets to choose?
You may need to go to court and get a court order. Unfortunately, if the two of you cannot find a solution that you both agree to, the court is one of the few options available to you. After all, if you both have legal custody of your child, then neither one of you can force the other parent to make any decisions. Both of your opinions carry equal weight. The tie-breaking vote, then, has to go to a court that considers the child’s best interests.
If you do find yourself in this situation, you certainly want to make sure you know what legal steps to take and how you can put your child first.