Tips for Working Through Time Sharing and Child Visitation Challenges

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Time-sharing and post-divorce family living isn’t as easy as it looks on paper. Once you and your ex-spouse complete the process of divorce and separate households, you may see and welcome this as a ‘fresh start’. However your children may experience a longer post-divorce  adjustment period and they may continue to feel a roller coaster of emotions as a result of  the change.

When this happens, even the most amicable of co-parenting arrangements can prove stressful.

Many, if not most, children have a difficult time comprehending and adapting to new life circumstances. Different living arrangements and unknown things, places and people can be unsettling to a child. There may be a new step-parent or partner in one (or both) households, the change in neighborhood and daily routine can lead a child to withdraw, throw tantrums, cry and act out in anger without cause. In essence, kids frequently respond to post-divorce change with feelings rather than reason. read more

5 Tips for Co-Parenting after Divorce

Co-Parenting after divorce will be one of the hardest challenges you will face, especially if you and your former spouse want to minimize the negative effects of the divorce on your children. Although co-parenting after divorce might seem daunting, a cohesive parenting plan can help both of you work together to raise your children successfully.

You and your ex-spouse can provide a positive environment for your children if you remember these steps:

1. Focus On Your Children

As you and your ex-spouse create a co-parenting plan, remember to place your focus entirely on the welfare of your children. This is not the time to deal with unresolved issues stemming from your divorce. Your children need stability to thrive, and your ability to focus on your children’s needs is paramount. If your ex-spouse has trouble staying on track, gently push the conversation back onto the correct topic. read more