It is often said that communication is one of the most important aspect of any good relationship. However, communication isn't just important for keeping a relationship intact; it can also be essential when the relationship ends.
For example, if you have recently gotten divorced or are going through a divorce, you already know that communication with your ex can be contentious or non-existent. For some people, this may just be a necessary evil that comes with divorce. However, if you and your ex have a child together, then poor or absent can spell disaster.
Working to improve or maintain effective communication skills can be crucial after divorcing your child's other parent. Not only can it help ease the tension in exchanges between you and your ex, it can also help to protect your child's well-being.
For example, creating a parenting plan can be enormously valuable in helping Florida parents communicate by clearly (and formally) defining rules and responsibilities. This document allows parents to establish expectations for custody schedules and exchanges, decision-making permissions, dispute resolution methods and other matters regarding the upbringing of your child. Having this plan in place can allow both parents to know what they can and cannot do without having to confront or consult each other.
Communication is also enormously important when it comes to talking to your kids. Focusing on building your relationship by spending time with them, encouraging them to be honest with you and allowing them to keep in contact with their other parent can provide them with peace of mind and assurances of love and security.
Despite the importance of communication, it is often one of the biggest obstacles parents face after splitting up. Whether a divorce is amicable or contentious, it can be wise for parents to have an attorney by their side when it comes time to address matters related to co-parenting. Not only can a legal representative help you protect yourself and your relationship with your child, he or she can also help you be your advocate and spokesperson in terms of negotiations and court hearings.