Avoiding confrontational behavior after a divorce is critical to the well
being of your child. As co-parents, it is your role to create positive
communication with one another to prevent conflicts. You must work to
rid yourself of the tension that typically exists between divorced spouses.
A positive relationship will greatly benefit your child. It is important
to stay focused on your child and their well being and avoid as much conflict
Have concern for your ex-spouse when discussing the needs of your child.
Stay on a business level with your communication and be flexible with
each other. You may be able to
co-parent with very little conflict and with little to no outside help.
- If either spouse has anger issues when interacting with each other, then
parent education classes may be in order. This will assist you with your
co-parenting. You may need assistance in understanding the needs of your
child and help communicating with one another.
- Sometimes the relationship you have with your ex-spouse necessitates very
minimal contact. In this case, you may have to operate separately in your
parenting and implement parallel parenting parameters. Hopefully your
relationship and communication will improve as time goes on.
structured parenting schedule will definitely be beneficial in a post divorce situation. Stick to the
schedule as much as possible and let it guide your parenting behaviors.
Mediation is always available if needed.
- If significant conflicts arise when trying to communicate with your ex-spouse,
you may consider direct communication only in case of emergencies.
- As simple as it sounds, using the same “parenting book/guide”
can be extremely helpful when co-parenting.
- A common point of contention in co-parenting is the exchange of the child.
If this issue arises, arrange a neutral place to meet with your child.
- A very safe form of communication is text or email on a day-to-day basis.
However, make sure your words are non-accusatory or threatening.
A court-ordered counselor or parent coordinator is available should you
be unable to keep conflict out of your relationship.
For additional guidance regarding successful co-parenting after divorce
or to discuss setting up or modifying your parenting plan to support successful
co-parenting, get in touch with the
Arizona divorce lawyers
at Arizona Family Law Attorneys today.