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Tips for better co-parenting after a divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2023 | Divorce, Family Law

In most cases, South Carolina parents who are getting a divorce will still need to remain in contact afterwards. This can be challenging, but there are several thing they can do to make things easier for them and more effective for their younger children.

Focus on the children

Ex-spouses who feel that a fundamental trust between them has been broken can face some big hurdles as they become co-parents after their divorce, but one way to get past this is to focus on the best interests of the child. Whatever complex emotions they may have toward one another, if both parents can start from the premise that each of them is committed to the child’s well-being, this can lay a foundation for a functional relationship even if the parents differ on specifics.

What not to do

There are a few actions that divorced parents should avoid. They should not badmouth the other parent, use the child to carry messages back and forth between them or rely on the child for emotional support.

Best practices for co-parents

Parents should aim for consistency in scheduling and household rules although there may be some variation in the latter. If this is the case, it’s important for parents to keep in mind that they can have different parenting styles without harming their child. It can mean a lot to children when parents attend significant events together even if their interaction is minimal. Parents who are struggling to communicate effectively or without conflict may want to look into co-parenting software.

Children may have difficulty with the changes in their lives caused by a divorce, but a successful co-parenting relationship can make a big difference in how they adjust. Putting their children first allows parents to set aside their conflict and work together to give their children the stability they need.