If you have children under the age of 18 with your ex-spouse, there's a good chance co-parenting is a big part of your life in Columbus. Although it's challenging at times, with good coordination and the right approach, you can get along with your ex to provide your children with stability.
If your ex-spouse is making co-parenting difficult, such as by violating a court-approved child custody agreement, learn more about your legal rights and the steps you can take to get back on track.
Here are five co-parenting tips that will help keep you focused and on the right track after your divorce:
- It's not all about you and your feelings: Yes, you need to do what's best for you at times, but you must also take your children into consideration. Furthermore, don't ignore the feelings of your ex, as empathy can go a long way in helping you get along.
- Remain flexible at all times: You want to stick to your parenting agreement and visitation schedule, but flexibility is a must. For instance, your ex may request a change to their visitation schedule because they're unavailable due to a prior commitment.
- Don't argue about everything: There are disagreements worth arguing about, as well as those you should let roll off your back. If you don't pick your battles wisely, you could find yourself arguing with your ex on what seems to be a daily basis.
- Don't get in the way: When your ex is spending time with your children, don't get in the way by showing up unannounced, calling or texting. It's okay to check in when necessary, but going overboard will anger your ex.
- Find the best method of communication: Some divorced couples are able to communicate in person without trouble. Others find that it's easier to call, text or email. You can use one form of communication or a combination of many, as long as it works for the both of you.
With the help of these co-parenting tips, you're able to focus on raising your children in a stable environment. Visit our website and read our past blog posts for additional information on co-parenting, divorce, child custody and other family law matters in Ohio.