Whenever we hear that someone is getting divorced, the first question on everyone’s mind is: What about the children and how can we get at the most effective co-parenting strategies after a divorce? While it is understood that a divorce is sometimes necessary and that children will do better with two happy, separated parents than with unhappily married ones, the issue of co-parenting after divorce is, without a doubt, the most delicate and compelling aspect of ending a marriage.
The key to managing the split is to make sure neither one of the parents gets cut out of the picture. The custody settlement is the framework, dependent lawyer’s arguments and a judge’s decision, enforced by the legal system. But parents have a lot of influence over how this arrangement is handled, how harmoniously they collaborate in working out the glitches, and ensuring your childrens’ wellbeing is the first priority. Here are 15 tips to make co-parenting after divorce go smoothly.
1. Divide & Conquer There comes a time in every parent’s life when they realize that one of their duties is to be drive kids around. Between school and after school activities and gatherings, drop-offs and pick-ups can be inconvenient and time consuming. On the other hand, they give parents a concentrated chunk of time with their children. Sharing pick-up and drop-off duties gives both parents a chance to chat with their child in the car and gives the other parent a break sometimes, which will only make the whole arrangement more peaceful.