Divorce is hard enough on its own. Add kids to mix and the challenges can feel exponential. Numerous studies, however, highlight the importance of healthy co-parenting after divorce. Children whose divorced parents can amicably work together tend to have better mental health and self-esteem outcomes as well as stronger relationships with both parents individually.
What is co-parenting?
Though divorced, both parents can and should still play an active role in their children’s daily lives, provided a parent has not faced serious issues such as domestic or substance abuse. While this is undeniably challenging for parents who have split, the efforts to work together are well worth it for your children’s overall well-being.
How to effectively co-parent after divorce
Finding a way to make co-parenting work for you and your ex will likely come with some trial and error. The important part is not to give up. With effort, you’ll find a routine that works for everyone and one that provides consistency and calm for your kids. Here are some places to start:
Co-parenting after divorce may feel awkward at first, but it will get easier with time. When both parents keep their kids front-and-center, it will help them more easily overcome their challenges and find a way to make transitions and any hurdles they encounter easier.
At Vasquez de Lara Law Group, we understand how difficult parenting can be before, during, and after divorce. Our team is here to help with any questions and offer guidance on how to best navigate parenting and custody challenges in the eyes of the law. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or ask your questions.