When you divorce, there are a variety of parenting styles that you can try. One of the most common is co-parenting. According to Today’s Parent, to co-parent effectively, you need to work with your partner.
The following guide may help you become a better co-parent.
Abide by the parenting plan
Keep in mind that equal and fair do not always mean the same thing. For example, if you and your ex have an income disparity, the amount that one of you pays will not equal the other. This can apply to time with your children too. Try to keep the time that you spend with your children fair for everyone.
The more that you stick to your parenting plan, the less likely you two will have arguments about it. Your plans should remain detailed about custody, support and more.
Remain professional and communicative
For co-parenting to work, you have to work with your former spouse. Often, problems with communication lead to a divorce in the first place. You have to learn how to communicate more effectively as parents rather than as spouses. Try to stay professional and treat your ex how you may treat a colleague. Do not miss planned meetings or fail to communicate. If you would not treat a coworker in some way, do not treat your ex that way.
If communication in person or through voice causes too much difficulty, try to use email, texting and other means to discuss your children. You should never speak through your children, however.
When it comes to co-parenting, try your best to stay on the same page as your former spouse for the sake of your children.