Divorce and child custody matters are complex, and parents often struggle to manage everything simultaneously. Divorce impacts the parents and children, and in addition to the parents having to focus on the children and their well-being, the process takes a financial, emotional and mental toll on the adults.
Co-parenting is the concept of parents working together after the divorce and putting the child’s best interests first. In addition, co-parenting requires both parents’ collaboration, flexibility, empathy and good faith, all of which can be difficult at times.
While it is not easy, it is possible to co-parent successfully. Children benefit enormously from parents willing to work together for their well-being, which is why many divorcing couples choose to do this; because they want what is best for their child.
It is important to remember that you may face difficulties in co-parenting, but that does not mean it is not working. It simply means you must get through the issue and continue co-parenting. Parents who can do this successfully are usually:
- Willing to listen
- Open to compromise
- Flexible with the other parent
- Understanding the fact that life happens
- Willing to collaborate and work together
- Willing to seek professional help if necessary
In addition, there are many other ways to co-parent successfully. Every couple has their own dynamic, and you will find your rhythm as time passes.
In the meantime, remember that you are not alone, many parents have been in your situation before and have succeeded at what you are trying to do, and you are capable of doing this.
While divorce and co-parenting can be complicated, there are tools to help parents make the situation as positive as possible.