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Tips for Co-Parenting After Divorce

Divorce has a huge impact on children. It can lead to behavioral problems, psychological issues and physical manifestations of illness. Effective co-parenting, however, can help children have a smooth transition to the post-divorce reality. Here are some things to consider:

  • Civility It is vital for co-parents to be civil to each other. If there are disputes regarding legal issues, such as maintenance (formerly known as alimony), child support or property division, leave the hostility in the courtroom. Do not speak negatively about your ex-spouse in front of your child. This can foster feelings of resentment or aggression towards both parents and stifle your child’s healing process.

  • Communication — Co-parents need to communicate effectively when raising a child together under two roofs. It may be useful to organize each house’s activities under a shared family schedule. For example, 2Houses is an app designed especially for divorced parents. It allows co-parents to organize every aspect of their child’s life, including appointments, school events and after-school activities. It can even help with the financial aspects of shared custody.

  • Compromise — Co-parenting involves compromises. If there is a dispute involving the children, cooperate with your co-parent to find a mutually agreeable solution. This may involve meeting in the middle or making a personal sacrifice. Remember, it is better to work the issue out yourselves rather than taking it to a courtroom.

If you are facing a divorce, you should consult with an experienced North Shore family lawyer. An attorney can help with all aspects of your divorce, including child support, child custody and relocation. Call us today to schedule a consultation with a skilled Illinois family lawyer.

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