You and your ex are divorcing or separating for a reason. Perhaps, there are just too many issues you no longer see eye-to-eye on, and have concluded that going your separate ways is the best thing to do. However, the relationship between you and your ex is never truly over if you have a child together.
One of the things you will need to deal with during the divorce or separation process is a child custody arrangement. Here are two tips that can help you negotiate a post-divorce parenting plan that will work for everyone involved.
Put the children’s interests ahead of your own
Every child has the right to the love and care of both parents. No matter how strained your relationship with your ex is, your child must never be caught up in your conflict.
While negotiating a parenting plan, it is important you focus on what is in the best interest of the child. This is not the time to flex muscles and try to prove a point. Rather, it is the time to set aside your differences so you can give your child the love and care they deserve.
Get past the baggage of your divorce
Divorce, even under the best of circumstances, is never a fun experience. However, to negotiate a successful post-divorce parenting plan, you must let go of the animosity that lead to your divorce as well as the baggage that came with the process.
This will clear the way so you and your ex can view situations objectively and focus on what is best for your child. Additionally, this will also eliminate the temptation to badmouth your ex in the presence of your child or create ill-will between them.
Parenting after divorce can be a huge challenge for most people. Find out how to negotiate and create a co-parenting plan that not only serves the best interests of the child but also works for both parents.