Co-parenting is a popular option for many divorced or separated parents today. It is a situation that not many parents can handle even when it is awarded. Co-parenting is the absolute best way for both parents to play a role in their child’s life after a divorce is finalized. Co-parenting only works when there is no history of sexual abuse, domestic violence, or other forms of abuse in the household. Let’s take a look at co-parenting and how it works in today’s post.
Can Improve Communication
Aside from both parents being legally allowed to interact with the child, co-parenting has another big advantage: it can improve communication between the parents. Not every divorce will end in animosity. Some couples simply realize that they are better divorced. Then there are the couples that have a middle ground. They argued a lot when married and still argue after divorce. These couples can benefit from a co-parenting arrangement because it can help them learn to communicate better.
Decisions Are Made as a Team
One of the most important things you need to know about co-parenting is that both of the parents make the decisions regarding the child. This includes setting the rules for the child, enforcing punishments for the child, making educational and health-related decisions for the child and much more. When creating the child’s schedule for after school activities, sports, doctor appointments and other events you should do so with the help of the other parent.
Make Visits as Easy as Possible
It’s important for you to make visits as easy as possible when co-parenting. This includes creating a safe environment for your children. They need to not only feel safe when alone with you, but also when custody is being exchanged between you and the other parent/guardian. It’s also important that you help the child anticipate the changes in the relationship, especially if they are young. Remind them that in a day or two they will be going to the other parent’s home. This will help them prepare for the change.
Are you headed for a divorce in New Jersey? It’s time to speak to an experienced family law attorney about your situation, especially if you have children. Co-parenting is an excellent option for divorcing couples with children. The team at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza can answer your questions and guide you towards a custody agreement that works for you. Contact an attorney today to schedule a consultation.
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