Divorce can be hard on Texas kids, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s been proven that with a little bit of work and communication, parents can implement a successful co-parenting plan after divorce.
How to set the foundation for successful co-parenting
After a divorce, parents might not want to spend time together let alone talk to each other. But this is the crucial step that parents have to be willing to be successful co-parents.
In addition, there are many things that parents have to discuss after a divorce. These can include things like:
- What school should the kids go to?
- How soon should you introduce other partners to children?
- What message should be communicated to the kids about the divorce?
These are just the topics that might come up immediately after the divorce. Over the course of your children growing up, there will be plenty more conversations.
That’s why it’s so important to be able to effectively communicate with your ex-spouse. Keeping that open line of communication will make things easier down the road.
Prioritize the children over your own feelings
It doesn’t matter how amicable the divorce was, your kids are going to have a hard time with the initial changes. Because of this, it’s important to prioritize their needs and feelings whenever possible.
Parents should be a united front on many issues and appear, more or less, as a stable team to their kids regardless of their own feelings about each other. This will help your children adjust to all of the changes and feel stable in their new life.
Get help if you need it
It can take time to feel comfortable communicating with your ex-spouse immediately after the divorce. Consider reaching out to an attorney or neutral third party to help you navigate some of these conversations in order to be the best co-parents you can be.