Divorce: Co-Parenting and Maintaining Healthy Relationships

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Regardless of what issues a divorced couple have with each other, co-parenting can be a common desire and to contribute equally to the upbringing of their children. When they both want to have an impact in how their children are raised, it is vital that a couple work together to establish a productive and copacetic relationship with each other so that they can co-parent their children in a healthy manner.

If they can keep their shared goal of raising their children in a happy and productive manner in mind, they can contribute to the upbringing of their sons and daughters and enjoy knowing that they did as much as possible to keep the negative aspects of the divorce out of the children’s lives. If they wish to co-parent their children without compromising their integrity as adults and parents, they can take these tips into consideration.

1. Let a Lawyer Lay the Groundwork

Most couple lack the foresight and talent to lay the foundation for a copacetic co-parenting relationship. They both might have come out of the relationship with wounded feelings and self-centered goals. Rather than get caught up in the drama and hostility that could be their future relationship with each other, these people are encouraged to let their attorney guide them in reestablishing a connection with themselves and their children.

One divorce attorney Tucson based states "By the time you decide to secure legal advice, your relationship has probably reached the end of the line, with little or no chance of turning around, this is the time when you need to find the most appropriate legal representation." A lawyer can provide insight, recommendations, and a framework for visitation, custody, and support. This guidance can help parents forge a productive and meaningful relationship that will ultimately be in the best interests of their children.

2. Work Together as a Team

Even if they are no longer together, parents must still function as a single unit. They may have no intimate ties to each other; however, they will continue to be bonded to each other through their children. They should avoid giving their children any intimation that one parent can be played against the other or that one parent has more authority over another. Parents should function as a single unit and contribute equally to their children’s upbringing.

3. Keep Outside Influences at Bay

When parents get remarried, it can be tempting for them to allow the stepparents to have equal say in how the children are raised. While it is true that stepparents can and should play an important role in the children’s upbringing, the biological parents should have the final say in how their shared children are brought up and disciplined.

A stepparent should not have more sway or influence over a natural parent, as long as the natural parent in question is deemed fit by the court. While they may be remarried and want to include their new spouses in the parental relationship, the natural parents should keep that involvement in perspective.

This same perspective may also be used when allowing grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives to have a say in the children’s upbringing. As long as both natural parents are willing and capable of co-parenting their shared children, stepparents and extended family should have minimal say in how these young ones are raised.

When a couple gets divorced, they may still want and desire to raise their children together. They can do so successfully by communicating and talking frequently with each other about their children. The above tips can greatly help, but communication is the key to success in any relationship, including raising kids in different homes.

Lisa Coleman shares some tips that can help parents raise their children together successfully from different houses while maintaining a healthy relationship for the sake of the children.

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