If you and your spouse are considering divorce, your main concern is probably how your children will cope. Navigate this new world of shared parenting successfully by following these guidelines from our child custody lawyers:
- Vent somewhere else—Our child custody lawyers know that sharing parental duties with an ex can be challenging at best. But even if things get extraordinarily frustrating, do not vent your frustrations to your children. Instead, confide in a friend, family member, or a therapist.
- Stay consistent–Transitioning between two households can be challenging, so make things as consistent as possible between your house and your ex’s house as possible. Set up the same rules and expectations for bedtimes, homework time, meal times, discipline, etc. at both houses.
- Make big decisions together—You won’t be able to control every aspect of your children’s lives, but you should have control over big issues. Commit to making major decisions about healthcare, schooling, and finances jointly with your former spouse.
- Set expectations—It will be difficult to coparent successfully if you do not have a plan in place for communicating with your ex. Determine how often you will communicate, what method of communication you will use, and what you will talk about during regularly scheduled meetings.
If you want to talk to our child custody lawyers about what coparenting arrangements can look like and your options as you move into the divorce process, please do not hesitate to call our firm. We are always here to help you with any legal needs you have.