Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Shares the Questions That Can Help Co-Parents Work Together More Effectively

Divorce is not easy, and divorces involving children are even more difficult. Once the parties’ lives are separated, the matter of parenting always remains in the picture. There are many ways that parents handle parenting after divorce, and co-parenting/shared parenting/joint parenting is increasing in popularity as more and more parents realize the potential benefits of working together as a parenting team after a divorce. These parenting methods do not work well for everyone, but for parents for whom co-parenting works well much of the time, there are a few questions which can help them co-parent even more effectively.

Taking time to reflect on parenting is important for any parent, and it is essential for parents who are co-parenting. If parents do not occasionally take time to think about what they are doing and why, problems can arise. Fortunately, those problems and others can be avoided by taking regular opportunities to openly and honestly reflect on co-parenting, both on your own and with your children’s other parent. If the other parent does not want to engage in this type of reflection that may be indicative of a co-parenting problem in the making, or it may simply indicate that they have a different way of evaluating co-parenting that works well for them.

            When parents are unhappily married, their dissatisfaction can affect their children without anyone even knowing that it is doing so. Once unhappily married parents divorce and go their separate ways, children may feel relief from the tension that had been present in their home previously. This sense of relief can translate into hope that family life will be even better after the divorce than it was before it. With this in mind, parents can think about how they can co-parent in a manner that reinforces positive and hopeful sentiments within their separate homes.

As parents prepare to divorce and to turn one household into two, they can think about how they will preserve their children’s sense of security and stability during the transition. Things like keeping routines and house rules consistent can go a long way towards making a transition that everyone can feel good about. Also, taking the time to really think about what kind of parenting schedule will work best for everyone may seem like a lot of work up front. However, when a parenting schedule is thought through carefully before being implemented by co-parents, it has a greater chance of working well for everyone and requiring little to no adjustment until the needs of the family change.

Co-parenting is not always easy, but parents can make it easier on their children by keeping discussions about problems and difficulties between themselves. When parents can keep conflict out from in front of their kids, everyone wins. Children are less likely to feel confused, scared, and frustrated when they see their divorced parents working together in a calm manner to guide their family through whatever issues they are facing.

If you are involved in a child custody case, you need an advocate who can help you accomplish the best possible outcome in relationship to your unique circumstances. Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Matthew S. Poole may be able to help you, so please call our office today, at (601) 573-7429 to arrange a free, initial consultation.


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Mississippi Child Custody Attorney Shares the Questions That Can Help Co-Parents Work Together More Effectively
Mississippi Child Custody Attorney discusses tips for co-parenting in Mississippi.