If you share a child with your former partner, you’re responsible for raising your kid even if the relationship with the other parent is a sour one. Maryland law states that both parents are required to provide financial support, and you may also be entitled to custody or visitation time with your kids.
Parenting takes sacrifice
You will likely have strong opinions about how to raise your child. For instance, you may believe that children should be in bed by 8 p.m. every night or that they shouldn’t be allowed to watch television after school. Of course, the other parent might take a more relaxed approach to these or other issues. While you may feel as if your former partner isn’t being a good parent, it’s important to understand the need for compromise. The act of ceding control in certain situations can do wonders for your own mental health as well as the sanity of your child.
You’ll need time to adjust
It’s not unheard of for adults to work well together as parents even if they don’t work well as romantic partners. If you still have feelings for your former partner, it can take time to understand this and not attempt to turn the relationship into something it’s not. A family law judge may be able to assist with any other issues that you might have, such as complying with a custody order or obtaining support payments from your child’s other parent.
As a parent, you are responsible for doing what is best for your kids even if it’s not easy or convenient for you. In some cases, this may mean sacrificing parenting time to ensure that your kids are in a stable environment or taking other steps to ensure that they are happy and healthy.