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What You Need To Know About Co-Parenting

Nowadays, many state family courts favor joint custody agreements after a divorce. It can help maintain the relationships that the child has with both parents. However, co-parenting is not always as easy as it may sound.

At Kniess Law, LLC, we guide families around the greater Twin Cities, Minnesota, and western Wisconsin through all family law matters and divorce. However, it is also our goal to prepare you for the road ahead to your new life after divorce. Our founding attorney, Michelle M. Kniess, understands the challenges of adjusting to a new life. She has been through the divorce process and custody herself. You can depend on her personal understanding and professional counsel to give you the guidance you need through co-parenting.

The Reality Of Co-Parenting

Your family is unique. So, the important things of what to know about co-parenting will be different for everyone. That is why one essential step to successful co-parenting is crafting a parenting plan that meets your family’s needs.

You and your ex-spouse will have to co-parent until your child reaches adulthood. Depending on your child’s age, that could be for many years yet. While you can always modify the parenting arrangement, creating a sustainable and flexible arrangement can help prepare you and your child’s other parent to overcome future obstacles and protect your child.

Challenges Co-Parents Can Face

Emotions run high in all family matters. This is especially true after a divorce. Ex-spouses might argue about child support payments or court-ordered spousal support. It is easy for parents to speak negatively about their ex-spouse around their child, or even directly to them. This can create a negative environment for everyone involved. And that can quickly turn into serious disputes.

Other common challenges or conflicts between co-parents include violating parenting time schedules, and different rules in each parent’s home.

It is important to note that parental alienation or involving your child in disputes between you and your ex-spouse could be grounds for courts to intervene.

Co-Parenting Tips

Some tips to help ease the stress of co-parenting include:

  • Always put your child first: Your children are one thing you and your ex-spouse have in common. Establishing this common ground can help make co-parenting easier.
  • Put your emotions aside: The calm and focused approach we take at our firm can overlap into your co-parenting tactics to reduce conflict.
  • Set rules for communication: You can choose one form of communication that works for you and your ex-spouse. It also helps to have all of your conversations center around your child to avoid opening old wounds.
  • Keep rules for your child consistent: This provides stability for your child, but also can eliminate disputes between you and your ex-spouse.
  • Take your responsibilities seriously: Another way to avoid conflict is to ensure you keep up with the responsibilities outlined in your parenting plan.

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