HOW CAN WE SET UP A CO-PARENTING PLAN FOR DURING AND AFTER THE DIVORCE?

Dear Hindell,

I am in the middle of a divorce and I can barely stand talking to my soon-to-be ex-spouse. How should I plan for my children’s schedules?

Sincerely,

Solo in Salem 

The Parenting Plan negotiated between divorcing parties is a delicate part of the process, influenced by work schedules, children’s needs and activities, finances and distance.   It is best to keep the schedules as “normal” as possible, meaning that as little as possible should change, and deference should be given to existing activities and schedules. The best way for parents to communicate is by text or email if they cannot be civil speaking with one another. If necessary, both parents can agree to use a Parenting Coordinator, who is used to help make parenting decisions when the parents cannot agree.  Co-parenting while divorcing, and even after the divorce, is very challenging. The best co-parents are able to set aside their emotional and financial differences for the joint purpose of raising well-adjusted and happy children.

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