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After divorce, successful co-parenting is critical

Are you going through a divorce? Are you glad that you're finally able to put your marriage in the past? Do you have at least one child with your soon to be ex-spouse?

If you don't have any children together, you can move on with your life and never speak again (if you wish to take this approach). However, if you have a child with your ex-spouse, it's important to turn your attention to all things co-parenting.

At first, you may struggle with the idea of co-parenting. You may realize that there are many challenges standing in your way, some of which appear too big to overcome. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Even if there is bad blood between you and your ex-spouse, you can follow a variety of co-parenting tips to make life easier.

  • Take the other person's feelings into consideration. Although you want to do what's best for you and your child, you need to practice empathy as well.
  • Be flexible when necessary. This doesn't mean you should let the other parent walk all over you. It does mean that you should remain flexible, such as with visitation schedules.
  • Don't let everything turn into something, or the proverbial "making mountains out of molehills." There will be times when you don't agree with your ex-spouse. There will be times when you feel like an argument is the only way to clear the air. While there are times when you have no choice but to speak up, learn to pick your battles.
  • Find a communication system that works. Some people communicate best on the phone or in person. Others have come to find that email or text allows them to stay in touch, without causing more harm than good. Without an open line of communication you'll find it a challenge to co-parent with success.

Co-parenting can be difficult at times, but there's nothing so serious that you can't find a solution.

As you co-parent, based on the details of your parenting agreement, make sure you do whatever you can to provide your child with the best life possible. This could mean learning more about your legal rights should the other parent continually ignore the agreement that's in place.

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