- Keep the focus on the children’s needs, and what is best for them.
- Let the small stuff go. Pick your battles, and focus on issues of long-term importance.
- Follow all court orders. Don’t invite litigation.
- Make sure the children are ready for the exchange to the other parent, and exchange them on time.
- Do not discuss the specifics of the case with the kids. They should not feel the need to take sides.
- Keep the other parent informed of medical, dental, and school appointments, as well as extracurricular activities.
- Speak positively about the other parent, whenever possible.
- For non-emergencies, try to resolve issues amicably before filing in court.
- Seek your own counseling to deal with issues of loss, anxiety, or stress.
- Although it can be hard, try to get to know the other parent’s significant other, or at least remain cordial.
Not all parental issues can be resolved by using these tips, but doing so often reduces stress and has long-term positive effects for both parents and children. Everyone’s goal is to do right by the children, and these tips have proven useful for my clients. If you are concerned about a co-parenting situation, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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