No one ever said that co-parenting is easy. In fact, it can be downright difficult at times. You hope to move on from your spouse after your divorce, but soon realize that co-parenting means you have to remain in communication with one another.
While it’s challenging, always remember that you’re doing it for your children.
Even though you’re sure to make mistakes every now and again, you don’t want to fall into bad habits. Here are five that can make co-parenting much more difficult on all parties involved:
- Being mean: Simply put, if you’re mean to your ex-spouse, it will make life miserable when co-parenting. Be courteous and respectful at all times.
- Unwilling to change your schedule: Even with a parenting agreement, there may be times when you have to be flexible with your schedule.
- Unwilling to communicate: As difficult as it can be, you have to communicate regularly with your ex-spouse, such as via text messages and phone calls.
- You don’t respect their time with the children: For instance, you constantly call your children when you know they’re with their other parent.
- You don’t try to make things work: Your ex-spouse wants your children to go to bed at 9 p.m. every evening, but you ignore this as a way of exerting control. That’s just one example.
These types of bad habits can go a long way in making co-parenting more difficult than it should be.
If you run into any issues with the other parent, don’t wait to learn more about your legal rights. The more you learn about child custody, co-parenting and your parenting plan the easier it is to make more informed decisions in the future.