If you got divorced and have children, you and your former spouse will continue to be in each other’s lives. If you had a high-conflict divorce or you are still harboring some bad feelings toward your ex, co-parenting with your former spouse can be challenging, which is why we compiled some helpful tips on how to move forward.
Co-Parenting Tips for Divorced Parents
One of the most important things you can do as co-parents is set your differences and anger aside. Of course, this does not mean you have to bottle up your feelings. Instead, find another outlet for them, such as therapy, so you can avoid lashing out while you are trying to co-parent. Keep your focus on your children and get the negative feelings off your chest somewhere else.
Here are some additional co-parenting tips that can help you:
- Do not put your children in the middle: If you and your former spouse disagree on something or hit a snag in your relationship as co-parents, keep your children out of it. Putting them in the middle of it will only do them harm. Additionally, you should never ask them to deliver any messages to your ex on your behalf.
- Keep a business-like tone: Maintaining a neutral tone with your ex is sometimes the best way to avoid or minimize conflict. The less personal your interactions are and the more cordial and neutral you behave, the less potential there is for things to get heated.
- Be a co-parenting team: You do not have to be best friends with your ex to co-parent as a team. Collaborate on establishing similar household rules and schedules for your children to maintain stability in their lives.
- Learn how to compromise: There will be times when an issue may not be cut-and-dry and you and your ex may have to compromise on how to proceed. It is important that you are both willing to be flexible to achieve a resolution that serves the best interests of your children.
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