Co-parenting is beneficial for children after divorce
Parents should take steps to co-parent after a split, to help their children through the transition.
August 23, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Co-parenting is beneficial for children after divorce
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Going through a divorce can be an emotional and stressful time, particularly when there are children involved. When parents decide to divorce, there are some special considerations they ought to make to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible for their kids. While it can be challenging to take these steps when the relationship between the parents is strained, the positive effects for the children can be crucial.
In fact, studies have shown benefits for children whose parents choose to co-parent following a divorce. According to a study published in the Journal of Family Psychology, fathers are often more involved when spouses co-parent after a divorce. The study found that the father's involvement helped to prevent some of the "negative effects" of the divorce. In addition, the study revealed that less conflict among the parents led to positive effects in the children, including improved academic accomplishments, better behavior and psychological health.
Try to maintain a united front when it comes to the children
Although working as a team may pose some significant challenges, particularly for those who are recently divorced, attempting to continue making parenting decisions together will help in the long run. When both parents agree to maintain consistent rules in both homes, the children may be comforted by the uniformity.
For instance, parents may choose to adopt the same curfew for older children, and agree to follow through with the same punishment if the curfew is broken. Not only does this type of agreement limit the child's confusion about the rules, it also ensures that both spouses will continue parenting, rather than relying on the other spouse to discipline the children.
Continue to communicate about the children
Of course, these steps will not be possible if communication breaks down between the couple. Particularly in joint custody situations, it is critical that parents find an effective way to continue communicating about their children following the divorce.
While some decisions will be critical -- such as those relating to finances and medical needs -- there are also day-to-day issues that will require communication. For instance, if a child has broken a rule, it will be helpful if the parents have a way to communicate the problem to one another, without involving the child in the conversation. If in-person conversations are not effective, parents may consider conducting most conversations by email or text message.
If you are considering a divorce and are concerned about child custody arrangements, consult with a skilled family law attorney to ensure your rights are protected.
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