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Can cooperating with a co-parent help your child?

April 14, 2021 | Firm News

When going through the early stages of divorce, it is easy to lose track of the important things. For example, you might forget to take your child’s emotions into consideration when deciding how to break news of the future split.

Of course, no parent wants to intentionally harm their child. So what can you do to make this transition as easy as possible?

Providing a solid foundation

Psychology Today list out the possible ways you can ease your child into a future involving divorce. One of their top suggestions involves cooperating with your co-parent. Of course, for some couples, this is easier said than done.

But scientific evidence proves that when co-parents cooperate during a divorce, the child ends up better off. Why? Because it provides them with a more solid foundation. When parents cooperate and work together for a child in spite of the divorce, it shows them that you love and prize them. This gives them sure footing as they move into an uncertain future, knowing that they still have the unconditional support and love of both parents.

Organizing your discussions

It also helps out on the organizational side of things. One of the best ways to smooth discussion about divorce is by presenting everything in a clear, concise and matter-of-fact way. Do not contradict each other, do not argue, do not misrepresent facts and do not try to spin things for personal gain. A great way to prevent any of these issues is by working collaboratively with your co-parent before any discussion you hold as a family. This lets you set the ground rules and deliver a discussion you are both satisfied with.

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