As a Dallas family lawyer at the Blacknall Firm, I often work with parents who are separated or divorced and are looking for guidance on how to best raise their children. Two approaches that I see frequently are co-parenting and parallel parenting. Understanding the differences between these two approaches can help parents make the best decision for their family.


Co-parenting is a situation where both parents work together to raise their children and make decisions that are in the best interest of their children. This type of parenting requires good communication and cooperation between the parents. When co-parenting works well, it can provide a stable and supportive environment for the children and can help them adjust to the changes brought about by the separation or divorce of their parents.

In a co-parenting relationship, both parents are involved in making decisions about the children’s education, health care, and other important aspects of their lives. They communicate regularly and effectively to ensure that they are on the same page and that their children are receiving the support they need. Co-parenting can also involve sharing physical custody of the children, with each parent having equal time with the children.

Parallel Parenting

Parallel parenting, on the other hand, refers to a situation where the parents have limited communication and each parent is responsible for their own household and decision making. This type of parenting is often used when there is high conflict between the parents and co-parenting is not possible. In a parallel parenting relationship, each parent is responsible for the day-to-day care of the children when they are in their care. This may include making decisions about their education, health care, and other aspects of their lives.

In a parallel parenting relationship, the parents do not need to have regular communication and may only interact when it is necessary for the care of the children. This can be beneficial in situations where the parents have a high level of conflict and are not able to work together effectively.

In both co-parenting and parallel parenting, the child’s well-being should be the top priority, but the approach and level of interaction between the parents may be different. It is important for parents to understand the differences between these two approaches and to choose the one that will work best for their family. If you are a parent facing separation or divorce, it may be helpful to seek the guidance of a family law attorney to help you make the best decision for your family.

At the Blacknall Firm, we understand the challenges that parents face during separation and divorce. Our team of experienced family law attorneys is here to help you navigate this difficult time and find the best solution for your family. If you are in need of legal support, please don’t hesitate to contact us.