Effective Co-Parenting Post-Divorce
Why is Co-Parenting Important for Children?
While communicating with your ex-spouse can be quite challenging, effective co-parenting is necessary for the benefit of your children’s self-esteem, emotional well-being, and future. Having both parents play an active role in your kid’s lives can help them adjust more quickly and easily to divorce and new living situations.
Knowing what to expect and what’s expected of them are also the benefits of consistent co-parenting. Seeing you and ex-spouse work together can help your children become better problem solvers. Clearly, there are many mental and emotional benefits to successful co-parenting.
Common Co-Parenting Mistakes
Co-parenting after a divorce is rarely a walk in the park, especially if the separation was hotly contested. When serious co-parenting mistakes are made, they can cause damage to your children’s mental and emotional health.
The following are the most common co-parenting mistakes to avoid:
- Fighting in front of the children – When a conflict occurs, parents must wait until the kids are not around to address it. There is a time and place to resolve issues. Doing so in front of the children can result in motional trauma.
- Putting children in the middle – It is not uncommon for one parent to bad mouth the other while they’re with their children. However, this type of behavior places undue stress on kids and typically makes them feel as if they are in the middle of every problem.
- Not being flexible with parenting schedules – Life is full of surprises, which can result in scheduling issues between two parents. When one refuses to be flexible about parenting schedules when situations occur, not only does it cause conflict, but it can also hurt the kids even more. Compromising and being understanding can help ensure your child spends quality time with the other parent without missing out on special events.
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Whether there has been a significant change in circumstances that affects your current orders in the divorce decree, it is possible to seek modification. At the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC, our Houston family law attorney can assess your situation and determine whether or not you’re a eligible for modification.
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