Florida individuals have an obligation to maintain relationships with their children even if they don't have ones with their spouses. In some cases, an inability to communicate during a marriage will carry over as it relates to raising children after it ends. If people don't have a good relationship with each other, they can still have strong relationships with their children. In fact, how a child turns out generally depends mostly on how he or she gets along with each parent.
Parents who fight or argue are better off maintaining separate relationships with their kids. This is referred to as parallel parenting. In such a scenario, each person raises his or her child as he or she sees fit with little or no input from his or her former spouse. To effectively parent after a divorce, each person needs to give up the control that they may have had while married. It is important to understand that each parent has the right to raise his or her child in his or her own way.
However, there should be some structure in place for when parents do need to communicate. What this looks like depends on the quality of the parent's relationship. The worse the relationship was while they were married, the more structure parents may need to keep the lines of communication open with each other.
When creating a parenting plan, it is important to make the child the top priority. If parents are unable to create such a plan on their own, it may be possible to do so with the help of a mediator or arbitrator. It may also be possible to do so with the help of a judge. Regardless of what the plan looks like, it is generally a good idea to make it as flexible as possible to avoid conflict.