The divorce process tends to take an emotional toll on everyone involved. Usually, parents will have the best interests of their children at heart, and divorce settlements may reflect this.
However, co-parenting after divorce presents a unique challenge for all parties. Frequently, parents manage to do it successfully. However, this is not always the case. Occasionally, co-parenting can be made more difficult than it needs to be because of simple mistakes. Outlined below are three common errors that can make co-parenting more challenging.
Not being flexible
Life commonly throws up unexpected events. As a result, parents may need to divert from their usual routine on occasion. Although this can be frustrating, it is not necessarily a deliberate act. Being as flexible as possible may actually be in the best interests of all parties. It will show your child that they are always the priority and parents can still work together to overcome issues. Additionally, there may also come a time where you require some sort of compromise from your former partner.
Not respecting boundaries
In order to remain amicable, it is vital that both parents set clear boundaries. For example, if a former spouse has moved out of the family home, they should not be able to just let themselves in and come and go as they did before. Not respecting boundaries can be detrimental in the long run, and could send mixed messages to the children that ultimately harm their well-being.
Although the marriage may have ended, parents will typically need to maintain some sort of relationship post-divorce. This means that they will need to effectively communicate, even if only for arrangements involving the child. Unfortunately, former spouses may wish to wash their hands of their ex-partner at times. This can result in blunt, unhelpful, and even rude messages. The consequences of this can hurt the child, as co-parenting is made more difficult than it needs to be.
While co-parenting can be trying on both parents, making a success of it is in the best interests of the child. In Pennsylvania, it is also crucial to remember that you have legal rights.