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What Can I Do to Co-Parent Effectively Following a New Jersey Divorce?

Going through a divorce is a challenging time for parents and children alike. As such, ensuring you and your ex-spouse take the necessary steps to co-parent effectively can help make this difficult time easier for everyone involved. Luckily, the following blog explores some of the most crucial tips to help you and your ex-spouse work together to keep your child happy. However, if your former partner is making this more challenging, you’ll want to contact a New Jersey custody and parenting time attorney as soon as possible to help you explore your legal options.

What Is Co-Parenting?

When two parents divorce or are no longer together, they will likely have a custody arrangement. This allows each parent to spend time with their child. However, it’s essential to understand that you must be a united front when parenting. Even though you are no longer together, you must be on the same team when making decisions about your child.

What Should I Keep In Mind?

When co-parenting a child, it’s important to put your child and their needs first. Though you may not like your ex, it’s necessary to show a united front when it comes to your child. As such, the most important thing you’ll want to do is to refrain from speaking negatively about your ex in front of your child. This can cause confusion and make a child feel as though they need to pick sides.

You’ll also want to work on communication with your ex. As such, you’ll need to work together to determine how you want to make decisions regarding your child. Does the parent with custody at the time have the final say? Or will you make large decisions like where to send your child to school together?

Finally, you’ll want to do everything possible to stay respectful. If you’re supposed to pick up your children at a specific time, be sure you are on time. Avoid making snide comments or remarks about your ex. Be sure to honor their time with the children. Failure to do so can lead to tension and anger.

My Ex Is Making It Difficult to Co-Parent. What Can I Do?

If you’re doing everything you can to co-parent well with your ex, but they’re making the process difficult, you may want to retaliate. However, this is not recommended. Unfortunately, retaliatory measures will only make things more difficult for everyone involved.

Instead, you’ll want to contact an attorney as soon as possible. When you are having issues with your ex-spouse, it’s best to let the professionals handle it. Whether they’re refusing to adhere to your schedule or they make decisions without consulting you, an attorney can help. At Lawrence Law, our dedicated legal team will do everything possible to help you through this complex process. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.

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