Co-parenting between married couples can be hard, as parents may have differing ways to get children to act. When parents are divorced or separated, the task becomes that much more difficult because of the emotional issues between them. Essentially, a parent may do something (or fail to do something) that frustrates the other parent to no end.
It may be about allowing kids to stay up as late as they want on school nights, or not enforcing rules that apply in one house, but not the other. Regardless, differing parenting styles commonly lead to additional, escalating disputes over parenting time.
An infuriated parent may file a motion in court to correct continuing problems. Some may seek to reduce parenting time, especially when a difficult parent refuses to cooperate in addressing a dispute.
Nevertheless, there are a number of parenting issues that family courts will not address.
Inconsistent rules – Ideally, parents should have rules that apply in both homes. If they are not, it is unlikely that a court will issue an order compelling the other parent to adopt your house rules (and vice versa). So if the kids have strict bedtime schedules in your house, and your ex lets them stay up to all hours, this may be something you might have to live with.
Entertainment conflicts – If you refuse to let the kids attend the 1 Direction concert, but your ex takes them anyway, the court is not likely to intervene.
Suffice it to say, courts want parents to put their differences aside and focus on the best interests of their children, regardless of their views about parenting.
Source: WashingtonInformer.com, Putting the spotlight on family law legal needs, September 17, 2013