You’ve gone through the divorce process, you understand your legal rights and you’re ready to turn your full attention to the future well-being of your children.

Unfortunately, even if you have the best intentions, you’re still dealing with your ex-spouse on a regular basis. It’s your hope that you can get on the same page in regards to co-parenting, but that’s often easier said than done.

Here are some tips you can follow to make co-parenting work for you (and your children):

  • Follow the terms and conditions of your parenting agreement: Doing so makes it much easier to stay the course. For example, if you have physical custody of your children, keep this in mind when making arrangements with your ex-spouse. They may have visitation rights, thus giving them access to your children at specific times.
  • Communicate with your ex: Even if you don’t want to do this, it’s a must. An open line of communication allows you to talk about potential issues and remain on the same track in regards to how you raise your children.  
  • Put your children first: Co-parenting is all about doing what’s best for your children. When you put them first, you’ll feel better about every decision you make. And if your ex does the same, you’re in a better position to give your children stability.

Doing these things will give you more confidence in the co-parenting process. Should your ex-spouse decline to follow the terms of your parenting agreement and visitation schedule, talk to them about your concerns and learn more about the legal actions you can take if things don’t get better.