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How to be a great co-parent during your divorce

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2023 | DIVORCE - Divorce

With the New Jersey divorce rate at 2.2 per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many people go through divorce each year. It is a challenging and emotional process, and with children, the stakes are even higher. However, just because you and your spouse decide to part ways does not mean your roles as parents end.

Co-parenting can be a successful strategy to ensure your child’s well-being throughout and after the divorce process. Here are ways to excel at co-parenting during your New Jersey divorce.

Put your children first

Remember, co-parenting is not about you or your ex-spouse; it is about ensuring your kids have the stability, love and support they need. This might mean making some compromises and looking past personal grievances for their sake.

Open the lines of communication

You need to communicate with your ex-spouse, no matter how difficult it might seem. Clear, respectful communication about concerns and suggestions can prevent misunderstandings and will make the transition easier for everyone involved.

Stay consistent with routines

Try to keep routines like meal times, bedtimes and other daily activities the same, whether they are with you or the other parent. This consistency offers children a sense of security during an uncertain time.

Avoid speaking negatively about the other parent

It might be tempting to vent your frustrations or speak negatively about your ex-spouse in front of your kids, but resist the urge. Children should not feel torn between their parents or feel the need to choose sides.

Seek mediation or counseling if needed

Consider seeking out mediation or counseling services if you find communication especially challenging. These professionals can offer guidance and strategies to improve the co-parenting dynamic.

Stay flexible

Plans can change, and you need to remain adaptable. If your ex-spouse needs to switch weekends or adjust the schedule for some reason, try to accommodate when possible.

Celebrate milestones together

If possible, come together for birthdays, graduations and other significant events in your child’s life. This unity can show your child that, despite the divorce, their parents can still be there for them.

Co-parenting during a divorce in New Jersey requires patience, understanding and a genuine desire to ensure your children’s welfare, no matter the changes happening around them.