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How to establish a co-parenting relationship

On Behalf of | Jul 4, 2022 | Family Law

There are many issues you will need to work through when you decide to divorce your spouse. One of the decisions you may need to make is how to share time with your children through a child custody plan.

According to the Legal Information Institute, your divorce proceedings will also include determining child custody arrangements based on the best interests of your children. As you get used to sharing parenting duties with your ex, there are things you can do to improve your co-parenting relationship.

Hold regular meetings

Try and get on the same page with your former spouse about your children’s schooling, health, activities, etc. To do this, consider having regular meetings with your ex to talk about your children and their individual needs.

Create a calendar system

After your divorce, your children will need to get used to going between two households and managing new schedules. Create and share a calendar system with your ex where you can both access information about activities and appointments.

Set similar rules

Work with your former spouse to establish a set of rules that are the same at both parents’ households. These rules should apply to bedtimes, chores, screen time and other family rituals and can help give your children a sense of stability.

It can take time to get used to sharing parenting duties and time with your children with your former spouse. Try and be patient with yourself, your children and your ex as you acclimate to this new parenting arrangement.