Adjusting to Co-Parenting Following Divorce or SeparationBy Moskowitz Law Group, LLC |
Co-parenting your child following divorce or separation is not easy. It can be challenging to find stability and security sharing time with your child with another person. Regardless, it is important to put your child first so they can maintain a close relationship with both of their parents. A child custody attorney from the Moskowitz Law Group can help create a co-parenting plan that fits your family’s needs.
Develop Co-Parenting Guidelines
One of the first major steps a parent can take to transition to co-parenting following divorce or separation is to set guidelines with the other parent. Some of these guidelines include:
- Maintaining good communication
- Aiming for consistency between households
- Planning contact or visitation schedules
The goal of these guidelines is to cultivate good communication and amicable cooperation with your co-parent. Keeping the conversations focused on your child can help avoid conflict and facilitate the division of responsibilities.
Having a child split their time between households can be destabilizing for them. Aiming for consistency with respect to the rules in each household can help to align your expectations regarding your child’s behavior and makes it easier to agree on what is, and is not, considered appropriate conduct. Most of all, planning contact and visitation times can make the transition easier and establish a routine for your child that will put them at ease.
Be There for Your Child
Co-parenting arrangements keep both parents involved in a child’s life, but being emotionally present is just as important. Making sure that your child feels loved and cared for, and being there for them, will help to ensure a better relationship overall. Encouraging your child to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and needs will allow them to feel heard and understood, and will provide a model for them that shows the value and importance of self-expression.
Seek an Experienced Child Custody Attorney Today
Developing a co-parenting plan and setting specific guidelines can be a stressful process after a divorce or separation. It can become even more complex when parents are unable to come to an agreement or compromise for their child. Our skilled divorce and child custody attorneys at the Moskowitz Law Group can offer legal counsel and assist you in creating a co-parenting plan for your family that works for everyone. Reach out to us today and schedule a consultation about how to create and adjust to a co-parenting plan.