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Co-parenting doesn't have to bog you down

The thought alone of co-parenting after divorce is enough to make many people cringe. They understand the importance, but they have concerns about their ability to get along with their spouse.

Even though you're likely to face challenges, remember this: You're co-parenting with the idea of providing your children with the best life possible in the future.

Here are some co-parenting tips you can follow to stay the course:

  • Put your children first: As long as you and your ex both put your children first, you're in line to make the right decisions. To go along with this, don't use your children to get back at your ex. An example of this is bad-mouthing your ex to your children, hoping that it pushes them away.
  • Follow your parenting plan: You create a parenting plan during your divorce, so make sure you follow its terms and conditions. It provides information on things such as who has physical and legal custody and a visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent.
  • Keep an open line of communication: This doesn't mean you have to talk all the time, but you should have a method for doing so when it comes to your children. Consider all your options, including phone, text, email and face to face conversations.

If you let co-parenting bog you down, you can rest assured that it'll impact your life in many ways. But if you do your part in keeping things in order, it's much easier to do just that.

Should your ex continually get in the way when co-parenting, such as by violating the parenting agreement, consider your legal rights for requesting a modification.

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