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Co-parenting can work even if you don't like your ex-spouse

One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is deciding what will happen to your children. It's not easy to relinquish control of your parenting time or your children's schedule, and it can be hard to set aside your own feelings so you can do what is in the best interests of the children. In many cases, Florida families find that it is beneficial to choose a co-parenting schedule. 

Co-parenting is not easy, and it will require you and your former spouse to work together cooperatively to raise your children together post-divorce. This can be especially difficult when you and the other parent don't get along. However, this does not necessarily preclude you from choosing this custody option. With a commitment to the needs of your children and the right perspective, it is possible to make co-parenting work well

Setting your own feelings aside

Divorce is hard. It can be especially difficult to deal with the anger and sadness that often comes with this process. This can in turn make it difficult to work with your spouse. This is understandable, but it can help to remember that the way you feel now is not how you will always feel. In the meantime, there are some practical ways you can make it easier to co-parent together:

  • Establish a system to set up and maintain clear communication. This will reduce the chance of future complications.
  • Set clear rules for how the two of you will interact, drop off kids, handle discipline matters and more.
  • Resolve not to trash talk each other in front of the kids.
  • Turn to the help and guidance of a therapist or counselor to help work through difficult feelings if you think it will benefit you.

There are many ways that both parents can take steps that will allow them to have a peaceful co-parenting relationship. You will have to consider what is best for your unique family situation

An arrangement that will last

The foundation of any good and peaceful co-parenting relationship is a good custody plan. If you believe you can raise your kids in conjunction with your ex-spouse and that this would be beneficial for your children, you will want to start with pursuing strong custody order. If you are unsure of where to begin or how you can negotiate the right terms, you may want to speak with an experienced attorney about your case.

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