Trying to work with your ex to raise the children isn’t always easy. There are times when disputes may occur or when things come up that make it more challenging than normal. During those times, you should try to make things as stress-free as possible so you can focus on the problem.
As a parent, your priority is ensuring your children have what they need to thrive. Simplifying the co-parenting arrangement might make it much easier to do this. It’s up to you and your ex to determine what’s best for your situation.
Direct communication is important when you’re co-parenting. There are several ways that you can do this. Some adults opt to use phone calls, but this is only ideal if there aren’t a lot of arguments. It’s easier for some parents to use text messages to communicate because this provides a written record of what’s agreed to and what’s said. There are even some options for co-parents that can be monitored by the court.
Consider using a shared calendar to keep both parents informed about the child’s schedule. This is an easy way to be sure everyone knows about important events, such as award ceremonies or games. The shared calendar can also track when the child is with which parent. If the child is old enough to read the calendar, knowing all of this information may help them to feel more comfortable with the new way of life.
Records, including those for education and medical care, are sometimes needed by both parents. Simplifying the way these are shared is important. Obtaining duplicate copies when possible can give each parent a hard copy. Scanning copies to share in a central location may also be beneficial when duplicates aren’t possible.
Co-parenting is often much easier when there’s a comprehensive parenting plan in place. When parents can work together, this is usually done through mediation. It’s sometimes necessary for the court to step in. In all cases, working with someone who can help you come up with creative solutions to the issues in your situation.