Co-parenting with an ex-spouse can be a frustrating situation. Whether it’s managing summer vacation, extra-curricular activities, or even nutrition – any situation can lead to a potentially combative situation. Built-up resentment, lack of communication, differing parenting styles and values can all get in the way of effective co-parenting. But there are tips that you can follow in order to successfully co-parent during and after a divorce.
Regular Communication is Key in Co-Parenting
Effective co-parenting requires you communicate regularly. And it doesn’t have to be face-to-face – it can be via text or email. This way also provides a record of communication in case an issue arises over what was said or not said. It might be difficult, but try and see things from your ex-spouse’s perspective. This will allow you to understand where he or she is coming from when they are trying to communicate with you. Choose your battles carefully and learn to be okay letting certain things go.
Seek Professional Assistance
It might be a good idea to see out assistance from a professional. Family counseling as well as individual counseling can help you work through difficulties of your divorce, as well as what it will mean for your children. Co-parenting classes exist to help teach you and your spouse to co-parent.
Avoid Litigation if You Can
Avoid court litigation if at all possible. Sometimes court litigation is needed in order to resolve some disputed issues. But, if it’s possible, try to find some creative alternatives. Filing a motion every time there’s an issue is not the way to build a healthy foundation for co-parenting going forward.
Remember to focus on the best interests of your children. Getting along as co-parents will only help a hard situation.
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