Parents are responsible for maintaining a sense of normalcy for their children after a divorce through well-intentioned and amicable co-parenting whenever possible. Granted, this can be easier said than done when navigating what is undoubtedly a turbulent and emotional time for everyone. On top of that, you may not be too thrilled to work with your former spouse on anything.
For your children’s sake, however, it’s critical that you and the other parent go beyond possession schedules and court orders to get on the same page with your new co-parenting relationship and think first about what your children need.
What is co-parenting?
Co-parenting is a post-divorce arrangement where both parents — despite being divorced and living separately — jointly participate and work together to raise their children. This involves a substantial amount of interaction between the parents, both in public and private, and only works effectively when there is communication, patience, and teamwork.
With co-parenting, divorced parents are equally involved in their kids’ upbringing and activities, which includes everything from who is responsible for picking up the kids after school to working through scheduling conflicts, offering emotional support, and making key decisions on healthcare and other needs.
Though not a complete list by any means, below are 10 quick benefits of co-parenting:
- Your children feel safe, secure, and valued in their new environment.
- Children don’t feel like they are constantly stuck in the middle of arguments.
- Both parents can still have close and loving relationships with their children.
- Co-parenting is a chance to model what a healthy relationship looks like (against all odds).
- Each parent can share responsibilities and have a say in raising their children.
- Parents with a positive co-parenting relationship experience less tension, less conflict, and fewer problems.
- Both parents can actively participate in their children’s lives.
- Your children learn how to solve problems peacefully.
- Co-parenting improves teamwork and communication with teachers, coaches, relatives, shared friends, etc.
- Co-parenting results in improved organization between households.
At Christman Ramsey & Foster, PC, our attorneys anchor their representation and legal advice in principles and philosophies that focus on the long-term best interests of children and families. Our mission is to provide our clients with long-range perspectives and outstanding legal advice that help them rebuild their families after marital dissolution.
Where you fall in that conversation may not be clearly defined until we can sit down, dive into your unique situation, and determine the best course of action for everyone involved.
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