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Tips for making the most out of a co-parenting arrangement

When you share children with an ex, life can be difficult. You have to think about what is best for your children, but you have to balance that with a parenting plan and other factors. All of this can make it difficult to do what you feel is best.

Set priorities that can help your children to thrive

When you are going through a divorce, you have to set priorities based on what you need as you begin your new single life. By setting these priorities from the start, you can help yourself and your children to thrive despite the major changes that are going on. For some parents, this can be challenging because of the unknowns. Make up your mind to remain flexible throughout this process so that you are able to address issues as they come up.

Co-parenting for the children: Making requests

When you and your ex start co-parenting, don't think of it as something that the two of you have to do together -- that you're obligated to do. Instead, think of it as something that you can do for your kids. You want to put them first. You know that staying involved with both parents is best for them, so the two of you can set your differences aside and put the kids first.

Watch out for an ex who plays 'Christmas games' with custody

Christmas is a tough time for many divorced parents, as they may both feel like they just don't get enough time with the kids. With all the focus on family time and being together, it's not great to spend parts of the holidays alone while your ex has the children at their house.

Your children are not messengers during your divorce

After your divorce, or even during the process when you and your spouse are living separately, your children will likely go back and forth between your two homes. In many cases, this makes them natural messengers. After all, you and your spouse may not be on good terms and may not want to talk yourselves, so you'll just tell your children to communicate for you.

What is acceptable visitation refusal in child custody cases?

Parting with your children can be difficult to do, even if you know that they will be safe in the care of their other parent. If you are a parent who has recently divorced or separated from the other parent of your child, it is likely that it will take some time for you to get used to the new child custody arrangements.

Understanding the needs of children under 5

If you are going through a divorce or separation and you have a child under the age of 5, you may be wondering how the separation and the change in scheduling might affect them. The process of divorce has emotional challenges for parents and children alike. This is why it is important to understand how children react to these changes at different ages.

Abduction is surprisingly common after a child custody dispute

We all think that we know what is best for our children, and we feel this passionately. However, when you are going through a divorce or separation, it can be difficult to reach a compromise on what each parent believes is right for their kids. This can lead to very large arguments and even legal disputes. But a parent must never attempt to take their child away from the care of the other parent.

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