Once your divorce is in the past, it's time to turn your attention to making your life better in the future.
If you have a child with your ex-spouse, co-parenting is something you need to familiarize yourself with.
This is easier said than done, as it's not always easy to get along with your ex-spouse. This is particularly true if the divorce process was messy and time-consuming.
Fortunately, there are a number of co-parenting tips you can follow to make life easier on everyone involved:
- Think about the feelings of the other parent. This may not be easy to do after a divorce, but it's a must. When you practice empathy, you'll find it much easier to make the right decisions.
- Don't turn everything into a fight. Yes, there will be times when you disagree with your ex-spouse in regard to how to raise your child. Even so, you don't want every disagreement to turn into a serious blow up.
- Keep an open line of communication. It doesn't matter how you communicate with your ex-spouse, as long as you have a system in place for doing so. For example, you may find that it's best to communicate via text or email so you don't have to talk "live."
- Be flexible with your schedule. It's not always easy, but flexibility is a must when it comes to your schedule. An example of this would be the other parent requesting to change your visitation schedule one weekend. As long as it won't inconvenience you too much, there's nothing wrong with being flexible.
- Don't talk poorly about the other parent to your child. This is never a good idea, as it puts your child in the middle of an already volatile relationship.
These types of co-parenting tips can go a long way in easing the stress that's often associated with your relationship after divorce.
If you follow these tips and continue to run into trouble, such as when the other parent doesn't want to follow the parenting agreement, you may need to learn more about your legal rights to ensure you do what's best for you.