Co-parenting advice for Florida divorcees

The impact of divorce on parents and children in Florida varies from family to family, but the fact is that one way or the other the entire family is affected by divorce. Depending on the child custody and parenting arrangement, children in particular must adapt to and get used to spending differing amounts of time with each parent.

Florida parents adjusting to post-divorce life may find the following advice on co-parenting helpful. First and foremost, regardless of the reasons parties divorced, it is important for parents to keep the best interest of their child in mind. Parenting style may vary but divorced parents should try not to let their differences affect the emotional health and growth of their child.

It is important for parents to keep communications regarding parenting time and visitation civil, particularly in the presence of the child. Each parent should maintain consistency in the life of their child as much as possible by maintaining schedules such as pick-up and drop-off times.

During the delicate period of transition immediately following a divorce, children will likely test their boundaries with both parents to determine what is and is not acceptable. Thus, it is important for parents to set routines and establish rules for bed times, TV time, homework and the like. Rewards for good behavior or actions, and consequences for bad actions, must be followed through by the parent who implemented the rules. It may be important for the parties to communicate with each other and let each other know why they are rewarding or grounding their child.

Post-divorce life is a difficult and important transition for the parents and child. Regardless of the respective labels of "custodial" and "non-custodial" parent, it is imperative to keep the best interest of the child or children in mind. Where civil communication is impossible, it may be necessary to talk to a family law attorney to get help with implementing a parenting plan upon which all can agree.

Source: Huffington Post, "5 Tips for Co-Parenting After Divorce," Allison Percosolido, May 16, 2013

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