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Reasons why co-parenting may not be working for you

Your divorce is finalized, you have a parenting agreement in place and you hope that you and your ex are able to provide your children with stability. But soon enough you realize that everything associated with co-parenting is going haywire.

There are many reasons why your co-parenting experience is coming up short, including the following:

  • One of you is always seeking an argument: Let go of what happened in the past, so you can turn your full attention to the future. If you look to argue about everything, you’ll find it easy to do so.
  • You don’t communicate: Even if you don’t want to communicate with your ex, you don’t really have a choice. It’s critical to do so via text, email, phone or face-to-face meetings. You don’t have to talk about your personal life. Stick to the important details associated with co-parenting and your children.
  • Your parenting agreement doesn’t align with the situation: You create a parenting agreement with the idea that it’ll make life easier, but it could actually cause more harm than good. If you have issues about your agreement, discuss them with your ex. They may agree with you, making it much easier to secure a modification.

You can’t expect everything to go as planned with co-parenting, but you should definitely do your part in keeping the peace and providing your children with a stable environment.

If you need to alter your parenting agreement and/or visitation schedule, learn more about the process of requesting a modification, so you take the appropriate steps at the right time.

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