What does successful co-parenting after divorce look like?
 
What is co-parenting?
 
Co-parenting is where parents share the duty of raising a child. Where the parents are separated, co-parenting usually allows both parents to have an active role in the life of their children and as a result, the children are typically able to have a more consistent upbringing. 
 
Sometimes if separations are unpleasant it can be hard to effectively co-parent. Co-parenting includes having open communication with the other parent and making sure that the children’s best interests are met and that the children are at the forefront of decision making. 
Co-parenting involves being a team and requires a number of skills to ensure that the children are supported and are ultimately happy. 
 
In some cases, co-parenting may not be achievable, but if you find that co-parenting is a good option for your situation, then it is important to get it right.
Tips to practice effective co-parenting
 
Effective co-parenting after divorce is likely to be difficult due to the potential conflict and negative feelings toward the other parent, especially where the relationship has ended badly. 
 
Here are a few tips to help with effective co-parenting:
 
 
 
 
 
Parenting plan
 
A parenting plan is a plan clarifying arrangements for children which is worked out between separated parents as an alternative to going to court. The plan usually helps to outline what is expected of each parent and the general practicalities of the arrangement.  It is a good option for those who would like to structure their arrangements and ensure that both parents are on the same page.
 
Summary
 
Effective co-parenting is subjective and it is important that you find a routine and structure that is suitable. There are tips that can be suggested to successfully co-parent, but ultimately, it’s best to find what works for your family.  
 

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