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These 5 co-parenting tips will suit you well

After divorce, you need to do your part in keeping things together for your child. With the right approach, you can provide your child with the life they deserve despite your personal problems.

Co-parenting is never easy, especially in the early weeks and months. Just when you think you have everything in order, another challenge moves to the forefront and you feel like you're back at square one.

There are a variety of co-parenting tips you can follow to improve your situation, with these five among the best.

  • Don't fight about everything: You may be tempted to argue about every last disagreement, but this will only add more stress to your life. Pick and choose your battles, as fighting about everything isn't worth your time and energy.
  • Open the lines of communication: You need to feel comfortable talking to the other parent about issues related to your child. It doesn't matter if you text, email or talk on the phone, have an open line of communication that suits both of you.
  • Be flexible when possible: Even with a parenting agreement in place, you shouldn't expect everything to go smoothly at all times. There will be situations that call for flexibility, such as if the other parent has an emergency. With the right level of flexibility you'll find it much easier to get along.
  • Remain respectful at all times: Your marriage is in the past. There is no point in dwelling on what went wrong, fighting about past disagreements or treating the other person poorly. When you're respectful and courteous it's much easier to co-parent with success.
  • Don't get your child involved: Even though your child may be the one thing you still have in common, you don't want to put them in the middle of your relationship problems. An example of this is talking poorly about your ex-spouse to your child. There is no point in this, as it harms everyone.

Even though it can be a challenge to follow these five co-parenting tips, doing so will put you in a much better place.

If you simply can't get along with the other parent, maybe because they're not following the parenting agreement you agreed upon, don't hesitate to learn more about your legal rights. You don't want to take action, but you may not have any choice.

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