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Do these things to prepare for co-parenting post-divorce

Even after your divorce is in the past, you may still find yourself regularly communicating with your ex-spouse. This is the case when the two of you are working together to co-parent your children.

While there's nothing simple about co-parenting, there are steps you can take to prepare for it. Here are some things to think about:

  • Review your parenting agreement: Once you agree on all the terms and conditions of your parenting agreement, carefully review it to ensure that you understand it. This will govern how you parent your children in the future, so you should have a clear idea of what you can and can't do.
  • Find a way to communicate efficiently: Thanks to technology, there are many ways to communicate with your ex when co-parenting. You no longer have to rely solely on face-to-face conversations. If easier, you can use texting and email to your advantage.
  • Talk to your children: It's important to remember that you and your ex aren't at the center of your co-parenting. Everything should revolve around your children. Talk to them about the future, how your parenting agreement works and what they can expect. And of course, prepare yourself to answer any questions they may have.

There's no guaranteed way to avoid tension when co-parenting post-divorce, but proper preparation can put your mind at ease while giving you an idea of what the future will bring.

If the time comes when your ex-spouse simply isn't cooperating, such as by violating the visitation schedule, you have the legal right to seek a modification from the court that issued the original order.

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