What steps can make co-parenting more effective?

If you are a parent who is in the process of divorcing your spouse, you have many details to work out before you sign the official decree. And of course, many of your most pressing issues will involve your children. It is almost certain that both you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse want what is best for the children. But sometimes emotions or resentments can lead a couple to act out in ways that are detrimental rather than helpful to the situation at hand.

However, if parents actively choose to put the needs of their children first, they have a better chance at being successful co-parents. And one step toward this goal is to keep the lines of communication open. This can be done face to face or using such means as texts and emails.

You also need to agree on key elements of the child's upbringing, such as rules and boundaries. According to studies, it is healthier for children to have consistent guidelines. And keep in mind that children are more likely to challenge boundaries if they believe it will help them get what they want. But this is harder for them to accomplish when parents form a unified front.

Another thing that divorcing parents must do is create a parenting plan. This plan is intended to delegate each spouse's rights and responsibilities regarding child support, child custody, visitation and other key issues. The plan will also address such things as a child's healthcare and educational needs.

Not only is a parenting plan a legal requirement, but it can also help you and your ex focus on the many decisions you will be making as you prepare for the next phase of the family's life. An experienced Florida family law attorney can help you understand the function and requirements of a parenting plan on a detailed level. Moreover, the attorney can help you craft a plan that is intended to serve the best interests of all involved; in particular, your children.

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