There is nothing simple about co-parenting. Even if you have a good plan in place, things can and probably will go wrong as the days go by.
Although there are sure to be challenges standing in your way, the right approach can bring you a high level of co-parenting success.
Here are three things that you absolutely need to do:
- Respect the other parent at all times. This means many things, such as respecting his or her time, staying positive and making sure you both are on the same page.
- Keep an open line of communication. You must be able to communicate with the other parent if you want to co-parent with success. It doesn't matter if you do so via email, text message or phone, make sure you are always able to get in touch.
- Be ready for change. Just because something is working today doesn't mean that it will work tomorrow. You must be ready to adjust your approach to co-parenting in the future, as things will change as your child gets older.
These are just a few of the many things you can do to make the most of any co-parenting agreement.
Unfortunately, there are times when the other parent doesn't take the same approach. So, while you're trying to make the most of co-parenting, this person is doing nothing but making your life miserable. The best thing you can do in this situation is stick with your plan and learn more about your legal rights, in case you need to take some type of action in the future.
Source: U.S. News, "5 Tips for Successful Co-Parenting," accessed Oct. 05, 2017