About 20% of children in the United States will experience a parental separation by the age of nine, according to recent research. Research has also shown that children benefit the most when both parents are involved in their lives. Because of this, co-parenting has become one of the most popular child custody arrangements in the state of Maryland. Here are a few ways to make co-parenting successful.
Leave the past in the past
Without question, a marital breakup can be one of life’s most challenging events. However, if one or both parents have not moved on and let go of the past, they will most likely bring painful emotions from the past into the co-parenting relationship. The marriage is over, the children are the top priority now. Leave the past where it belongs: in the past.
Cooperation and communication
In a co-parenting arrangement, parents need to work together as a team. No team is successful unless they communicate. Disagreements will inevitably arise, and when they do, parents need to communicate and talk through the problems. Most importantly, keep any disagreements or contention away from the children.
It is just human nature to want to hit the ignore button when an ex-spouse’s number pops up. Once again, keep in mind that the marriage is over and this is about the children now. There is no need to jump through hoops, but be accessible to the other parent and don’t ignore them. Remember, co-parenting is about working together.
Shared parenting or co-parenting has quickly become one of the most popular child custody arrangements in the state of Maryland. Parents who have questions about child custody arrangements or the laws surrounding child custody may want to contact a legal representative. An experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney can provide clarity and help determine the best arrangements for both parents and children.