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Learning to co-parent is a must

by | Jul 23, 2020 | Family Law |

After your Nevada divorce has been granted by the court, you will be left to the rest of your life. One aspect of this life that you will need to adjust to is co-parenting children with the person from whom you were just divorced. This is not always easy, but with the right steps, it is manageable.

The best interests of the children should prevail

Everything that you do is framed against the backdrop of what is best for the children. Not only is it the test that the court uses, but it should be your main consideration too. This starts with selecting the right custody schedule that factors in the children’s own unique circumstances as well as your availability. Be careful about overpromising when negotiating the schedule. You should also make sure that your kids’ voices are heard both literally and figuratively. Feeling heard is very important to the child’s well-being.

Proper communication can make a relationship

In dealing with the other parent, you should not let perceptions from the marriage color how you view their parenting. One person could have been a terrible spouse, but they may be a very good parent. In addition, both parents need to work at how they communicate with the other parent. It is not easy at first to communicate after you just went through a divorce process with someone. Proper communication also means knowing when to walk away from a potential fight. When there is tension between the parents, it can have negative emotional and psychological effects on the children.

Co-parenting begins with the divorce process itself. If you are able to avoid costly and bitter litigation, you have already taken one step towards a productive co-parenting relationship. Your family law attorney might make things easier for you by giving you one degree of separation from the details of the divorce. This may give you time to adjust to your new reality and learn how to work with the other spouse.