When parents in New Jersey decide to divorce, it can be an abrupt shift into a co-parenting environment. However, both parents can overcome the challenge if they just remember to keep the best interests of the children in mind. This is especially true when it comes to encouraging interaction with the other parent. While a newly divorced person may have little desire to see or interact with their ex-spouse, it is a necessity when children are involved. Except in cases of abuse, it’s important that kids are encouraged to love and engage with both of their parents.
In addition, it is important for parents to keep their kids outside the issues of the divorce. Obviously, parents should not share the details of intense conflicts with young children. Kids may feel forced to take sides between their parents, leading to emotional distress and feelings of alienation. They can also feel forced into an adult position. Because of this, it is important for both parents to decide to fence off their disputes from the kids.
Communication is key when it comes to co-parenting, especially as both parents will no longer be sharing a home with each other. A shared calendar that includes scheduled holidays, custody plans and events could help aid in communication. In order to alleviate contentious in-person contact, parents can communicate with one another over the internet. By using a specialized website or even email, parents can have trackable, confirmed information. This is important if any kind of dispute resolution becomes necessary.
Co-parenting can be a challenging yet rewarding journey. While dealing with child custody issues may be difficult, a family law attorney can provide valuable guidance during the process.