If you are considering whether or not to divorce your spouse, you may be especially anxious about the effects that your divorce may have on your children and your relationship with your children. One of the surest ways to ensure your own wellbeing and your children’s wellbeing is to develop a healthy co-parenting relationship with your children’s other parent. This kind of healthy relationship is not always possible. But when it is, it can truly benefit everyone it touches.
Your children’s wellbeing
Healthy co-parenting relationships tend to focus on the best interests of the affected children. Even when co-parents no longer particularly like each other, they can build a strong, healthy co-parenting relationship as it pertains to their children.
When you craft a parenting plan with the aid of your attorney, you will be able to work with your co-parent in order to ensure that your parenting time, traveling arrangements and other unique needs are addressed. Your parenting plan will hold both you and your co-parent accountable for broad matters as well as important details.
When your parenting plan is focused on your child and when both you and your co-parent are willing to set aside your differences in order to foster your child’s best interests, these things will form the foundation of your co-parenting relationship. When your child sees that you and your co-parent are cooperating in order to be there for him or her, that child’s self-esteem and the strength of that’s child’s relationships with you and his or her other parent will benefit tremendously.
Your personal wellbeing
When your co-parenting relationship is healthy and strong, it is not only your children who will benefit. Few things are more stressful than an unhealthy and contentious co-parenting relationship. Having a healthy co-parenting relationship will free your mind and spirit to concentrate more fully on other life challenges.
In addition, it is important to note that while splitting parenting time can be unquestionably challenging, co-parenting can allow you to have some time for yourself. When you concentrate this time on other relationships, interests, passions and self-care, your relationship with yourself and your relationship with your child can benefit immeasurably.
If you have any questions about how to build a strong co-parenting relationship and/or an effective parenting plan, please do not hesitate to contact an experienced family law attorney.