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How to make co-parenting plans work

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2022 | Custody and Parenting Time |

Wisconsin parents who have gone through a divorce know how hard the whole process can be. Former spouses now living two different lives may parent their kids in different ways, causing confusion and stress to all involved. Most parents want the best for their kids, so they should try to present a unified front regardless of how they feel about their former spouse.

What’s the key to success with co-parenting?

Co-parenting often involves a lot of communication and compromise with the other parents involved. Instead of telling your former spouse how your children should be raised, work with them to find solutions that work.

Creating a parenting plan that both parents can refer back to will help ease communication errors and keep a solid foundation for co-parenting. This parenting plan will address things like religious upbringing and day-to-day routines as well as certain milestones.

Major parenting conversations should happen at the time of the divorce and become routine as time progresses. As children age, their needs change, so it’s important that all parents involved are staying involved and talk with each other.

Always do what’s best for the child

A lot of parents want equal access to their child or equal contributions, but that might be rough on the child. Instead, you should think about what works best for the child and work around that. As you’re discussing co-parenting with your former spouse, make sure you have a reason why you’re setting up the rules and that the reason benefits the child. Don’t get hung up on the little things.

Research has shown that children are more likely to thrive with both of their parents in their lives. Through constant communication and regular reevaluation, co-parenting can be beneficial for everyone involved.