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A parenting plan makes co-parenting easier after divorce

If there is one thing former spouses are likely to agree on, it's the well-being of their children. Divorce in California may divide a couple, but it doesn't have to split up the core family dynamic. A strong parenting plan could be the road map to successful co-parenting. Statistics show that when children's parents get along after divorce, children deal better with the changes that are happening in their lives.

One of the main things that steers a positive parenting plan is that exes are cordial with each other, especially in front of their children. After all, parents are the models for their children who mirror what they see, and that reflection can either be positive or negative.  It is important that both parents maintain this fundamental parenting guideline.

Another important element in a successful parenting plan is that neither parent speaks badly about the other parent in front of the children. Children of divorce have enough to deal with, let alone hearing their parents speak disparagingly about each other. Experts say to leave control issues, anger, yelling or name calling at the door. When parents agree to put their children's needs above their own, a parenting plan is likely to succeed.

A parenting plan as part of a divorce can be malleable and evolve as situations change. If former spouses respect each other as parents and adhere to the plan, positive co-parenting is possible. A California attorney could help a client to fashion a custody arrangement in keeping with his or her unique family situation, making sure children's interests come first and foremost.

Source: Today, "Create a successful parenting plan for children after divorce", Accessed on Nov. 10, 2017

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