Even the most amicable of divorces may still have parenting woes. Co-parenting is tough when the sting of the divorce and child custody hearings are still fresh. Experts recommend setting aside emotions and anger in the presence of the children. In Wyoming and other states, no matter how bad the situation, parents can set a good example for children through their behavior.

Open lines of communication are an essential part of a good parenting strategy. Communicate openly and act respectfully toward each other as if it were a business relationship. Release negative emotions and let off steam on a friend rather than in front of the child. Both sides will have expectations to work out as professionals with one goal in mind, the best for the child.

Teamwork is crucial in successful co-parenting and working together as a team will create a more unified partnership. On a divided front, a child is more likely to take advantage and test boundaries that will make the situation more difficult. Regardless of how bad things are behind the scenes, do not let it affect decision-making for the child. Experts suggest putting bad feelings and the desire to win aside and concentrating all efforts on parenting.

Co-parenting with an ex-spouse after a divorce can be frustrating, but the focus should remain on the well-being of the child. Emotional turmoil can make children vulnerable during this difficult time. In Wyoming, parents who have concerns about child custody arrangements or co-parenting issues may benefit from speaking with an attorney.

Source: kgwn.tv, “Youth Alternatives: Making co-parenting work“, Kayla Dixon, April 26, 2018