Family Law Tips on Co-Parenting

Divorce is a difficult transition for a family to go through — and may impact a child’s academic outcomes, behavior, and mental health.

Co-parenting is an entirely new process to get used to. This article will explain positive signs that it’s being done correctly, and you’re providing a nurturing environment for your children.

Identify whether or not your youngster is struggling

A divorce is challenging for the entire family — however, kids are particularly susceptible to its negative effects. The kind of support needed varies depending on development level and age, as will the indications that they might be struggling.

Ages 5 to 8:

 

  •       Regression to earlier behavioral patterns
  •       An increase in separation anxiety
  •       Stomach problems or headaches
  •       Emotional distress or frequent crying
  •       Hard time concentrating on schoolwork

 

Ages 9 to 12:

 

  •       Over-functioning in responsibilities
  •       An increase in conflict with peers
  •       Premature interest in sex
  •       Withdrawn from activities once enjoyed

 

Ages 13 to 18:

 

  •       Substance abuse
  •       Poor academic performance
  •       An increase in aggressive behaviors
  •       Risky sexual behaviors
  •       Extreme criticism or negativity

 

Know your options for support

The school counselor may meet you as a family to engage in communication and assist you in sorting through challenging problems together to improve your understanding of the impact on your children and how you can keep their needs your main priority.

Know the impact of different parenting styles

Even though you might not agree, it is vital that you know how different parenting approaches might be impacting your children. Keep in mind that residing in different households with various sets of rules may just serve to undermine the sense of normalcy and consistency your children so desperately need.

Make the most of all special events

It’s possible to show your co-parenting skills off by embracing occasions such as meeting new spouses, summer and school vacations, holidays, and birthdays with cordial communication, cooperation, as well as effective negotiations which will assist in making everyone comfortable — and remind your children that you still are a family which cares about one another.

Embrace all positive benefits of co-parenting

One of the initial steps in successful co-parenting is knowing the win-win is for everyone involved. As successful co-parenting is accomplished, you provide your kids a better opportunity at being resilient and emotionally healthy. Kids thrive as they know they have a loving, safe haven at both houses where they’re heard, seen, and have a sense of belonging.

For more information on co-parenting after divorce contact our family law attorney’s at Walker, Wright & Associates, LLP in Garfield, Colorado at (303) 730.0067.

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