Divorce is a legal process where parents end their marriage. However, parents who have children do not end their relationship with the children. All parents should engage in co-parenting. They should work with each other providing a uniform presentation to their children of how their lives will go on and that their relationships with their parents will continue after the divorce.
Communicating with former spouses
It may be difficult to communicate with one’s former spouse. Unfortunately, sometimes these difficulties become more acute. However, parents should work with each other with regard to all issues involving their children. Parents should present a consistent means of raising their children. This will prevent the children from manipulating their parents to obtain their own ends.
Parents should place their children’s needs before their own. Parents should be patient with regard to pick up and drop offs during parenting time with the other parent. Sometimes the parent picking up and dropping off the children will be delayed due to traffic issues and other problems.
When parents have new partners
The parents will be moving on with their lives. It is reasonable that they will develop other relationships. However, it may be difficult for children to deal with the issue of their parents having new relationships with third parties. This should be done slowly and carefully to prevent negative reactions from the children.
About the Author
Elliot S. Schlissel, Esq. is the managing partner of Schlissel DeCorpo LLP. The law firm has been representing parties in divorce cases for 4 decades. He can be reached for a free consultation at 800-344-6431 or by e-mail at Elliot@sdnylaw.com.