Florida parents are often so committed to their children's best interests and emotional well-being that they put off divorce for a long time, hoping to stay together for the kids. However, putting the children first doesn't mean staying in a marriage that isn't working. Developing a positive co-parenting relationship can help children thrive and feel supported after their parents' divorce with two loving homes that welcome them.
There are a few tips to keep in mind that can help improve the co-parenting experience and make the transition process easier and less stressful for all the members of the family. In the first place, the divorce is taking place between the adults, not the children. This means that it's important for each person to nurture the children's relationship with the other co-parent and support his or her parenting time and communication. In addition, while honesty is always critically important, children do not need to know the details of the issues between their parents. In most cases, they love both of their parents, and they never need to take sides in the divorce.
Some of the co-parenting challenges can be practical, especially as both parents no longer share one home. One important aspect of developing a parenting plan is a clear time-sharing schedule. By using a physical calendar posted in both homes or a shared online calendar, parents and kids can track family functions, school events, medical appointments, performances and other plans. Flexibility can also be important, of course, when unexpected events occur.
When going through a divorce, child custody and visitation concerns often weigh most heavily on the minds of parents. A family law attorney can help a divorcing individual protect his or her relationship with the children and work to develop a fair custody schedule that works in the best interests of the kids.