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Tips for keeping the peace when co-parenting

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2024 | Family Law |

Co-parenting after divorce is a challenging undertaking. Both adults will have to do what they feel is best for the children, but that means putting their own desires aside while they do this.

Because it can be rather stressful to continue to deal with an ex, finding ways to reduce the stress is critical. Consider these tips to help maintain the peace through this complex time:

Establish clear communication channels

Effective communication is the cornerstone of successful co-parenting. Co-parents should agree on preferred methods of communication to share information about their child’s needs, schedules and activities. Clear, respectful and direct communication reduces misunderstandings and fosters a cooperative relationship.

Create a consistent parenting plan

A well-defined parenting plan that outlines schedules, holidays and how decisions are made can prevent conflicts. Both parents should have input into the plan to ensure it reflects the child’s best interests while being fair and practical for the parents. Consistency in routines and expectations across both households provides stability and security for the child.

Respect each other’s parenting time

Valuing and respecting the other parent’s time with the child is essential. Avoid scheduling activities that encroach on their time without prior discussion and agreement. Encouraging your child to enjoy their time with the other parent and showing flexibility in accommodating special occasions or schedule changes can go a long way in maintaining a peaceful co-parenting dynamic.

Getting the co-parenting agreement set as quickly as possible can benefit everyone involved. This should include the basic terms of the arrangement. Working with someone familiar with your circumstances and how the laws apply is beneficial.