Raising children can be a challenge for anyone, but it is especially difficult for divorced parents. If you went through a particularly hostile split, you may still be harboring some resentments, which can get in the way of your ability to effectively co-parent. Regardless of the feelings you may have toward your former spouse, it is important to set them aside and focus on the needs and wellbeing of your children.
That said, rebuilding trust and nurturing a healthy co-parenting relationship is easier said than done, so our team compiled a list of tips to help you move forward.
Working on Your Co-Parenting Relationship
Your children deserve to have a relationship with both of their parents. If you lost trust and confidence in your former spouse, however, you may find it difficult to present a unified front for them. Rebuilding this lost trust can be a huge undertaking, but it will serve your children’s best interest as you continue to raise them in the aftermath of your split.
One of the biggest ways in which you can rebuild trust is by keeping your promises. Chances are that, during your marriage, some trust was lost as a result of unkept promises and failing to keep your word on important issues. You can regain some of that and develop a more cooperative co-parenting relationship by keeping your promises and communicating thoroughly if you cannot follow through.
Here are some additional tips to help you rebuild trust with your co-parent:
- Be consistent and stick to your parenting plan. Not only will this improve your relationship, but it will keep you out of family court.
- Be respectful of one another’s time and schedule. However, make an effort to be flexible whenever possible.
- Listen to each other. You do not always have to see eye-to-eye on every issue, but seek to understand one another.
- Think before you react. Sometimes our initial reaction is the most impulsive one and not necessarily wise. Hold back on overreacting to avoid doing something you may later regret.
- Ask for each other’s opinions. Showing that you care about working together as a team is essential for rebuilding trust.
- No matter how much you repair your trust, you will still argue and disagree. If you make a mistake, be willing to apologize.
Schedule a Consultation with a Knowledgeable Family Law Attorney Today!
Co-parenting after a divorce is not always easy and, in some cases, you may even require some legal assistance. At Creative Family Solutions, Cecil Cianci Law, PC, our family law attorney can help you navigate the challenges you may encounter, so you can continue moving forward with your life. You can rely on our team’s compassionate guidance and support to secure the best possible results for your case.
Reach out to our law office today at (916) 675-3866 to request an initial consultation with our trusted attorney.