What to do when your co-parent is against ADD/ADHD Medication

Aug 8, 2018


As a parent, finding the right treatment approach for your child with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be challenging. When you believe that medication is a helpful tool in managing their symptoms, it can become even more complicated if your co-parent disagrees with this approach.

Understanding the Conflict

Before diving into strategies, it's important to understand the potential reasons behind your co-parent's opposition to ADD/ADHD medication. Some common concerns may include:

  • Beliefs about alternative treatments
  • Worries about side effects
  • Perceived stigma surrounding medication use
  • Concerns about long-term effects
  • General skepticism towards medication

Recognizing and acknowledging these concerns can lay the foundation for open and productive discussions with your co-parent.

Effective Communication

Building a solid foundation of effective communication is crucial when addressing this issue with your co-parent. Consider the following approaches:

1. Active listening

Listening attentively to your co-parent's concerns and opinions can demonstrate your willingness to understand their perspective. Maintain an open mind and validate their feelings and viewpoint.

2. Empathy

Show empathy towards your co-parent's worries and fears. Express that you understand their concerns and emphasize the importance of finding common ground for the benefit of your child.

3. Provide information

Educate your co-parent about ADD/ADHD medication, including its benefits, potential side effects, and research-based evidence supporting its effectiveness. Ensure your information comes from credible sources.

4. Collaborative decision-making

Work together with your co-parent to explore different treatment options, including medication and alternative approaches. Seek professional advice from healthcare providers specializing in ADD/ADHD to make informed decisions.

Professional Guidance and Legal Support

When conflicts become entrenched and discussions do not yield progress, consulting a professional can provide valuable guidance and legal support. The Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr understands the complexities of co-parenting disputes and can offer assistance in the following ways:

1. Mediation services

Our experienced mediators can facilitate constructive conversations between you and your co-parent, helping you find mutually beneficial resolutions regarding the use of ADD/ADHD medication.

2. Legal advice

If conflicts escalate and legal intervention becomes necessary, our legal team can provide expert advice on navigating court processes and advocating for your child's best interests.

3. Co-parenting agreements

We can assist you in drafting or modifying co-parenting agreements that address concerns related to the management of your child's ADD/ADHD, including medication decisions.


Addressing differences in opinion regarding ADD/ADHD medication with your co-parent requires patience, empathy, and effective communication strategies. By understanding their concerns, providing information, and seeking professional guidance when needed, you can work towards finding common ground and making decisions that prioritize your child's well-being.

When conflicts persist, the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr is here to provide legal support and assist you in navigating the complexities of co-parenting disagreements. Contact us for expert advice and representation tailored to your unique situation.