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How to communicate effectively as a co-parent

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | Child Custody |

Communication is the lifeline that keeps parents actively involved in their child’s life, especially after a divorce. After all, co-parenting is more than just knowing what occupies their time when you are not around; it is about being a steady presence through their life’s ups and downs.

As your family transitions to a new life post-divorce, how you and your co-parent keep a healthy and effective communication can significantly affect your child’s sense of security and well-being.

Have a business-like mindset

Co-parenting after a divorce is no easy task. However, maintaining a positive and patient approach to communication with your former spouse is crucial.

Think of your relationship with your ex-partner as a collaborative partnership where you bring your best professional selves to the table for your child’s happiness and well-being. Making requests instead of demands opens the door to dialogue and compromise, making it a crucial part of this approach.

Clear, compassionate, and consistent exchanges between you and your ex-spouse can help your child feel safe and understood during a time that is often confusing and fraught with emotional challenges.

Keep your child’s interests at the center

The guiding principle in child custody is the best interest of the child. This principle also applies to your daily interactions. When you make decisions or discuss matters with your former partner, consider how your child might perceive the situation. Strive to keep discussions strictly about their needs, setting aside personal grievances.

Being active in your child’s life is more than just being there for hockey or school plays. It is about being emotionally present and invested in their daily endeavors, big or small. Your willingness to communicate openly with your ex-partner about your child’s life demonstrates your commitment to co-parenting and your child’s future.