Divorce is relatively common, even for parents of young children. Whether in Florida or elsewhere, when parents decide to divorce, the first concern is typically for the well-being of the kids. Those concerns can intensify when child custody and parenting time issues are negotiated.
It is possible to have a peaceful co-parenting relationship
Most parents have heard horror stories about lengthy, acrimonious court battles regarding child-related issues in divorce. However, it does not have to be that way, particularly if both parents are willing to cooperate and compromise. Here are five tips for keeping co-parenting stress to a minimum:
- Make use of calendars to create detailed schedules.
- Choose means of communication that help avoid confrontation.
- Avoid using children as messengers between co-parents.
- Be prepared to help each child cope with divorce according his or her unique needs.
- Keep a positive attitude.
Creating a detailed calendar helps avoid confusion and disputes because all important dates and events are noted ahead of time. If parents tend to argue when they see each other in person, it is perfectly acceptable to limit correspondence to text messaging or email to avoid confrontation. Depending on a child’s maturity level and age, he or she may have certain needs, such as wanting to spend more time with one parent over the other. If both parents approach their post-divorce relationship with a positive attitude, they can provide their children with much needed coping skills and emotional support.
How to handle legal problems
In a perfect world, tips like these would be implemented by all Florida parents who divorce, and there would be no child custody complications. In reality, it is not uncommon for parents to disagree about child-related issues. Some issues are easily resolved while other spark legal problems, such as if a parent refuses to cooperate and disregards the terms of a signed custody agreement. In such cases, a concerned parent should never hesitate to reach out for legal support.