When parents decide to separate or divorce, they must learn how to co-parent their children. Developing a co-parenting relationship can be challenging. If you and your child’s other parent are struggling to make it work, get help from the Law Offices of Robert Borsky, a Family Law Specialist certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization. I have over 30 years of experience as a family law attorney.
Strategies For Successful A Co-Parenting Relationship
What Makes Co-Parents Successful?
While it can be difficult to remember amidst the tension and emotional turmoil that accompanies uncoupling, you do not stop being a parent to your child simply because you are no longer a couple. A successful co-parenting relationship provides structure and stability for a child experiencing significant change. Skilled co-parenting also allows your child to transition seamlessly from one home to the other. Strategies that help build a good co-parenting relationship include:
- Strong communication between parents: This is especially important if you struggled with communication during your relationship. You and your co-parent are responsible for communicating with one another, do not rely on your child to relay information.
- Respectful behavior: Do not bad-mouth the other parent in front of your child or attempt to pit your child against their other parent. This also means being considerate toward your ex and treating potential new partners with respect.
- Flexibility and support: The unexpected happens, but child-rearing is a team effort. Try to be flexible and supportive even if it conflicts with your visitation agreement.
Prioritizing Your Child’s Needs
By actively working toward a collaborative co-parenting relationship, you foster a sense of belonging and well-being in your child no matter which home they are at.