Keys to cooperative co-parenting when going through a divorce successfully can be complicated. Children of divorce do best when both of their parents continue to be actively involved in their lives. It’s the ongoing connection that makes the positive difference for these children, minimizing the fact that their parents no longer live together.
Cooperative co-parenting is universally encouraged and because it is encouraged after divorce it can reduce the long-term negative emotional impact on children. Cooperative Co-parenting styles and arrangements can differ widely from family to family to suit their individual needs. Professionals agree that co-parenting will only succeed if some basic agreements are made and kept. This will help avoid significant mistakes.
Co-parenting after divorce is a daunting concept no matter the circumstances. While moving through divorce can seem like an insurmountable obstacle, for many parents it is just the beginning of a new and equally intimidating challenge – co-parenting your children. Hats off to all of you who have chosen to remain in your children’s lives as co-parents. It means both of you care deeply about your children and want to continue raising them in the least-disruptive possible manner.
While divorce may end a marriage, when you’re a parent is doesn’t end the need for working together on behalf of your children. How you communicate with one another about parenting issues will affect your children today and for years to come. Here are some tips on keeping communication with your Ex as effective as possible.