If you have children with your ex-spouse, the end of the divorce process isn’t the end of your relationship. You no longer live together or talk every day of the week, but if you want to make the most of co-parenting, it’s critical to communicate regularly.
Even with a comprehensive parenting plan and the best intentions, you’re likely to run into a few co-parenting setbacks. Here are a few that you should expect:
- Visitation mishaps: Regardless of which parent has visitation rights, mishaps are likely to move to the forefront every now and again. A common example is the parent with visitation rights neglecting to return the children at the predetermined time.
- Differing parenting styles: You have one way of doing things, and your ex has another. This can cause tension, especially if your child begins to favor one approach over the other.
- Inability to communicate without arguing: Depending on the circumstances of your divorce, you may find it a challenge to communicate without bad blood boiling over. If one method of communication doesn’t work, try another. It’s better than assuming you can co-parent without talking at all.
You never know what the future will bring, so it’s critical that you prepare to handle every co-parenting setback that comes your way. When you tackle it head on, you minimize the risk of it lingering to the point of causing a bigger problem.
If your ex is making co-parenting difficult by ignoring your parenting plan, talk to them about your concerns and consider the steps you can take to obtain a modification, if necessary.