If you have children with your ex-spouse, you're sure to understand the importance of co-parenting. The steps that you take will impact your children now and in the future.
There will be times when you don't see eye to eye with your ex-spouse. While there is no way to avoid disagreements, there are steps you can take to achieve a higher level of success. Here are four things you absolutely need to do:
- Remain flexible when possible. You should follow your parenting agreement, while realizing that flexibility can make life much easier on everyone. For example, if your ex-spouse requests to visit with your children on another weekend because they're busy with work, don't shut them down right away. See if you can make it work for everyone.
- Choose your battles carefully. Don't let every minor disagreement turn into a major argument. There are times to stand your ground and times to step back and let things be.
- Open up the lines of communication. If you don't communicate properly with your ex-spouse you can't expect to achieve co-parenting success. It doesn't matter how you communicate, as long as it works for the two of you.
- Don't get in the way. When your ex is spending time with your children, respect it. Don't call them on the phone. Don't text your children to see what's going on. Instead, stay out of their way and enjoy your alone time.
By doing these four things, you'll find it easier to protect your legal rights as you achieve a high level of co-parenting success.