Successful co-parenting is necessary for the well-being of your children, but it’s often easier said than done.
After a divorce, you’re not exactly a single parent, but parenting will definitely not be the same as it was. Whether your relationship with your ex is typically smooth sailing or a rocky road, the obstacles that successful co-parenting presents are often uncharted territory. These three best-kept secrets to successful co-parenting are sure to get you started in the right direction and hopefully serve as a compass for overcoming co-parenting challenges.
Learn more about How To Be A Better Parent After Divorce on our recent blog.
1. You don’t have to like your ex all of the time
It may help, but it’s not necessary to like your ex. Fortunately, successful co-parenting is not really about you or your ex, it’s about your kids. Their needs, best interests, health and happiness are definitively more important than your opinion of your ex. Keeping this perspective in mind will help you set aside your emotions and frustrations for the sake of giving your children their best shot at maintaining good relationships with both parents.
2. Define the win
Defining the win for successful co-parenting will look different for every family, but having a goal in mind will help you and your ex have something in common to work toward. Your children’s health and happiness should be the big picture goal, but you may have some smaller things to work toward like being civil toward each other in public, sharing important family events, and communicating effectively.
3. There are tools to help
There are a plethora of online tools to help you manage schedules, important information, communication, expenses, and more. Keeping everything in one place at the tips of your fingers can save time, energy, and frustration between you and your ex. Successful co-parenting can be just a click away. Here are some of our favorites:
For more help creating a successful co-parenting relationship with your ex, check out our recent blog: 5 Co-Parenting Tips For When You And Your Ex Don’t Get Along.
If you are headed toward a divorce, we can help. If you aren’t happy with your current child custody arrangement, we can help. Contact The Alabama Law Group and talk with Charlotte Christian, our family law specialist today!