Ideally, parents are able to work together to raise their children. However, there are circumstances in which a parent in Connecticut or another state may need to protect their child from the other parent. This may be true in the event that a parent has threatened another family member whether it is an adult or a child. Parents may also not be able to work together to raise a child if one of them is currently in jail or prison.
In some cases, one parent may try to make the other look foolish or otherwise unfit to raise a child. This is referred to as parental alienation, and it can have a negative impact on both a parent and a child. In such a scenario, a parent may expect a child to favor him or her at all times, which can put a young person in an awkward situation.
Parents who are jealous of or angry at each other will generally not be able to parent together. They may lack the ability to communicate effectively about how to meet their child’s needs. Communication may also be difficult if one parent tries to control the other, and it can be almost impossible if a child is used as a means to control someone.
Even if parents no longer live together, it is generally in the child’s best interest for them to work together to raise a son or daughter. An attorney may be able to provide an individual with advice on how to work with the child’s other parent. While a judge could create a child custody order if necessary, it may be better for parents to create a parenting plan on their own privately or with the help of a mediator.