Creating a successful co-parenting environment post-divorce

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2024 | Divorce

The aftermath of bringing a marriage to an end can present many changes to certain aspects of the lives of Virginia spouses. Therefore, creating as smooth of a transition as possible into the future is probably a top priority for those who are facing this situation. This can especially hold true for any parents who are proceeding through the divorce process.

In Virginia and most states, child custody arrangements post-divorce typically allow for a healthy amount of involvement by both parents in the lives of the children. Because of this, creating a successful co-parenting plan could be crucial toward minimizing contention between former partners and help build stronger relationships between the children and each parent. Fortunately, there are some tips that parents can follow to increase the odds of bringing this to fruition, including the following:

  • Refrain from speaking badly about the other parent in the presence of the children: This can create a high level of stress and anxiety in the children who may feel trapped between both parents.
  • Utilize a monthly calendar: Scheduling all known activities at the beginning of each month can provide clarity and minimize confusion for all parties involved, especially the children.
  • Set and maintain boundaries: Having clear communication for important and sensitive topics such as the handling of holidays and birthdays, how often the parents should be in direct communication with one another, and what other individuals can have direct contact with the children can all help minimize potential issues.
  • Prioritize self-care: Making time for activities such as exercise, social settings with others or personal hobbies whenever parents are away from their children can allow them to come back refreshed and refocused.

Taking advantage of a therapist’s services can also prove invaluable toward allowing a parent to better handle the emotional swings sometimes involved in a co-parenting relationship. Last but not least, should any circumstances change that justify and create the need for an alteration in an existing custody arrangement, there is professional help and support readily available. An experienced Virginia family law attorney can explore all possible legal options and protect the rights of the children while fighting zealously for the client’s desired outcome.