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Successful co-parenting tips

Every divorce is different, and you cannot expect yours to mirror that of your friend's, neighbor's, sister's and so on. Some divorces can be done with minimal fighting and ample compromise, while others are far more acrimonious and troublesome in nature. Regardless of how difficult your divorce proves to be, you have a moral obligation to try and minimize the overall impact it will have on your child.

The very fact that you share a child with someone means you have to learn to coexist at least until that child turns 18, and you will more than likely have to continue to do so as that child marries and has children of his or her own. To make the co-parenting process easier on your child or children, consider taking the following steps.

Pick your battles

This one is listed first with good reason. It can be all too easy to jump on an ex-spouse for any little parenting move that may differ from one you would make yourself. However, you have to expect that there are going to be at least some areas where you and the other parent disagree. For example, maybe you prefer that your child only watch an hour of television a day, but he or she comes home and claims to have watched it for an entire Saturday morning. It may benefit you to hold your tongue and save your comments for when something more serious occurs.

Maintain schedule flexibility

Sure, it can be annoying if you are supposed to drop your child off at his or her other parent's home at a certain time and plans change, or if your ex calls and asks if you can swap parenting duties for the week. However, the time will inevitably come when you, also, could use such a favor, and you will be more likely to get that favor if your ex remembers you doing the same for him or her. Furthermore, consider your child's wishes. Maybe your daughter's father-daughter dance falls on one of your weekends, and you are hesitant to make a switch. Failing to do so will ultimately hurt your child more than your ex, so keep that in mind and resist making decisions based on spite.

A good rule of thumb in any co-parenting relationship is to always prioritize the well-being of your child or children above all else. For more tips about how to successfully co-parent children, consider getting in touch with an attorney.

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