What You Need to Know About Effective Co-Parenting After Divorce
If you do have children, the most important consideration should be regarding their well-being and what is best for them. For many parents, co-parenting does not come naturally, nor is it easy to navigate this new territory. Co-parenting after divorce will come a lot easier if you follow the steps below.
Follow These Steps for Effective Co-Parenting with Your Ex
- Show Some Flexibility When Necessary: Yes, there may be specific custody arrangements in place when it comes to who gets the children and when, however, know when to be flexible. There may be a time when your spouse has to be out of town on business unexpectedly or makes a request to switch the schedule for other reasons; be understanding and show some flexibility instead of being rigid. It is also important to be mindful and respectful of the schedule and to honor the pickup and drop off times.
- Do Not Talk Bad About Your Ex-Spouse to Your Children: For those who do this, find that it only backfires on them. Your children are likely to tell the other parent and it will only create unnecessary friction. Furthermore, you are putting your children in the middle of your battles; which is not healthy for anyone.
- Don’t Fight or Argue in Front of Your Children: Of course, there may be times when you and your ex don’t see eye to eye on something or end up having an argument; however, make sure that your children are not privy to listen in on these type of conversations. One way to do this is to acknowledge the matter that will require further discussion and set up a time when your children are not within earshot to have that conversation.
- Foster Open Communication with Your Children: Create an environment that makes it easy for your children to share their thoughts, worries, and emotions. Make it clear to your children that they can tell you if they are not comfortable with the other parent or if the parent is somehow mistreating them. When your children know that you are willing to listen to them and they will not get in trouble for what they disclose, it will make it easier for them to open up.
If you are in the process of going through a divorce and need help with formulating an effective parenting plan or any other matters related to family law, contact Sabra Divorce Law today at (646) 472-7971.