After the finalization of your divorce, you should prepare yourself to face a new set of challenges, as co-parenting is not an easy responsibility. Despite wanting to cut all ties with your former spouse after a divorce, you must remember that just because your marriage has ended does not mean your children’s relationship with their other parent has ended. Therefore, although you cannot control your former spouse’s behavior, you can control your own. It is critical to make an effort to be a good co-parent to prioritize your child’s best interests and overall well-being. Keep reading to learn how you can overcome co-parenting issues and discover how a talented Suffolk County, NY, Family Law Attorney can help you today.
What should I do if I’m having difficulties co-parenting after a divorce?
Co-parenting is often a challenge, as it can be hard for both parties to set aside their negative emotions and prioritize the best interests of their children. This is particularly difficult when a less-than-ideal outcome has been reached for one party. Many parents neglect to realize that they play a vital role in facilitating their child’s relationship with their other parent. However, the court finds that when appropriate, children benefit from having a relationship with both of their parents. Therefore, you should encourage your children to spend quality time with your former spouse.
As a co-parent, you should show your former spouse respect by not speaking about them negatively around your children. If children hear you making negative comments, they will feel inclined to agree with you or pick sides. This can hinder a child’s relationship with their other parent. It is never a good idea to put your children in the middle. You can help keep your children out of the middle by working with your former spouse as a team. Separating your relationship in your marriage from the one you have as a co-parent is imperative to ensure you prioritize your children’s well-being. Communication plays a significant role in being a good co-parent. If your former spouse disobeys visitation schedules or is not cooperative, speak to them about it. Open communication can help you resolve these issues without taking matters to court.
If you cannot resolve co-parenting issues outside of court, contact a determined attorney from The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C., who can help you understand your legal options. Co-parenting is difficult, as many people have to deal with uncooperative exes. However, our firm is committed to assisting clients to navigate their family law matters to reach favorable results. Allow our firm to represent your interests today.