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Tips for co-parenting following a divorce

When couples break up, there is often conflict and emotion involved. However, when that couple has children, finding ways to manage these challenges and create a healthy co-parenting plan is important for the children's well-being. Here are some ways that New York couples manage parenting together following a divorce.

It is common for children to act out when their parents are going though a divorce. This may be the result of confusion, anxiety, self-esteem issues or simply testing the boundaries of the new living arrangement. For parents undergoing an emotional challenge themselves, it may be easy to mismanage and lash out at the child's behavior. However, it is best to take steps to control this reaction.

One of the best ways to do this is by taking stock of one's own emotions, either through counseling or self-care. If possible, conversations with the ex are critical to maintain stable and consistent environments for the child or children. This requires mutual respect, clear and healthy boundaries, communication and problem-solving skills. Teamwork may be challenging, especially if the marriage did not end well, but it is usually the best way to protect children's health and well-being.

New York parents often have to sort out family law issues, such as child support and custody, before defining a co-parenting plan when dealing with a separation or divorce. This is best done with the support of professionals. Each party should have their own lawyer who can represent and inform them on the possible resolutions and their rights under family law.

Source: huffingtonpost.ca, "Co-Parenting Smartly After Divorce Is A Must For Your Child's Health", Anna Giannone, May 2, 2018

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