5 Tips for Successful Co-Parenting

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Going through a divorce can be an emotionally challenging and stressful experience, especially for children. It is even more difficult when both parents have different approaches and attitudes toward co-parenting. However, for couples with children, co-parenting is a necessary aspect of divorce that can not be overlooked. It is essential to work towards successful co-parenting to ensure that children thrive in a positive and healthy environment. 

At The VanNoy Firm, we understand the importance of co-parenting and want to offer five tips to successfully co-parent post-divorce.

Practice Clear Communication

Open and clear communication is vital when co-parenting. It is essential to establish open communication and channels to share information about the children. This communication should include a discussion about the child’s needs, updated contact information, and schedules. Clear communication ensures that the focus is on the best interests of the child. Co-parents can utilize various communication channels, such as text, email, or a shared calendar app, to ensure they remain informed about their child’s needs.

Develop a Co-Parenting Plan

A co-parenting plan is a written agreement outlining detailed information about child custody, visitation schedules, decision-making authority, and parental responsibilities. A co-parenting plan helps avoid disputes and conflicts between co-parents and sets the expectation for both parties. Developing a co-parenting plan provides a predictable routine for the children and ensures that both parents remain active and involved in their child’s life. A family law attorney can help you create a parenting plan that works for your family.

Be Flexible

Flexibility is crucial when co-parenting after a divorce. It is essential to have a flexible schedule that accommodates changes in events, weather, and emergencies. Co-parents should be able to communicate about issues that arise and work together to find a solution that works for both parties. Flexibility improves communication and ensures that the child’s best interests remain the primary focus.

Avoid Putting Children in the Middle

It is crucial to avoid putting children in the middle of disputes or arguments that arise between co-parents. Arguments and disagreements between co-parents should take place outside the child’s presence. Children should not have to choose between parents or take sides. All discussions regarding co-parenting should focus on the child’s best interests.

Build a Positive Relationship

Co-parenting requires an effort to build a positive relationship between parents. Co-parents should aim to repair any hurt feelings and resentment from the divorce. Building a positive relationship ensures that both co-parents are working towards the same goal of raising a healthy and happy child. It is important to put aside personal differences and focus solely on what is best for the child.

Contact An Experienced Family Law Attorney for Help

Co-parenting after a divorce can be a challenging but necessary aspect of parenting. At The VanNoy Firm, we understand the importance of co-parenting and want to help divorced parents find ways to work together and successfully co-parent. Clear communication, creating a co-parenting plan, being flexible, avoiding putting children in the middle, and building a positive relationship are essential aspects of successful co-parenting. Co-parenting with these tips in mind can improve communication, reduce conflicts, and ensure that children receive the support they need to thrive. 

The VanNoy Firm is proud to help families in the Dayton area resolve tough legal issues with compassion. If you need legal guidance in developing an effective co-parenting plan, contact us today.



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Anthony S. VanNoy

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