Tips for parenting as a team after divorce

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2024 | Family Law

Divorce is a major life change for both the adults and children involved. In most cases, parents will have to learn how to parent as a team, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to have a close relationship.

With that said, these tips can make the situation easier for everyone involved, regardless of how close co-parents are.

Communicate respectfully

Respectful communication can take the stress out of this major life adjustment. This involves speaking to each other in a courteous manner, especially in front of the children. Parents should strive to keep their conversations focused on their children’s needs and well-being rather than on personal grievances.

Using email, texting or specialized co-parenting apps can help manage communication more effectively so both parents have the child’s schedules and other important information. These can also provide a written record of the communication exchanges.

Focus on the children

The well-being of the children should always be the central focus for parents after a divorce. This means making decisions that are in the best interest of the children, even if it requires compromise from both parents. Keeping the focus on the children includes being present at their important events, maintaining routines to provide a sense of security and being flexible with scheduling to accommodate their needs.

Encourage parent-child relationships

Encouraging a positive relationship between the child and their other parent is. This means not speaking negatively about the other parent in front of the children, actively supporting communication and visitation and recognizing the importance of the children’s relationship with both parents.

Encouraging these relationships helps to ensure that children feel loved and secure. By fostering strong parent-child relationships, divorced parents can work together to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for their children to thrive.

Follow the parenting plan

A comprehensive parenting plan is a critical tool for divorced parents. This plan should outline each parent’s responsibilities, the custody schedule, decision-making protocols, and guidelines for handling disputes. Adhering to a parenting plan can significantly reduce conflicts, as it provides clear instructions and expectations for both parents.

It’s important for parents to review and adjust their parenting plan as their children grow and their needs change. Consistently following a parenting plan helps to ensure that both parents remain aligned on their children’s upbringing, providing them with a consistent and predictable family structure.