Though many Maryland residents may believe that they can remain friendly with an ex-spouse, they are likely also reminded that they got divorced for a reason. As a result, despite best efforts, many parents may not be able to truly parent together effectively after divorce. Child custody terms may deem both parties as co-parents, but one parent may still become the primary parent.
A primary parent remains consistently active in the children's lives. Though co-parenting should -- in theory -- allow for both parents to be active, one parent could become a so-called "gopher" parent, a parent who appears and disappears sporadically. This parent may feel pushed out of the children's lives for some reason or another, or may simply not feel compelled to actively participate.