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Strategies divorced parents can use to raise happy children

Working with a co-parent after a divorce can have its challenges. Arizona co-parents may be interested in learning a few healthy co-parenting strategies to help them as they navigate this new world.

Differences that led to a divorce can cause co-parents to use children as messengers. However, this can be harmful to the children, especially if a parent reacts negatively to one of the messages. It also may lead to messages being relayed incorrectly. It is better to communicate directly as adults. Using email will keep things peaceful and will be helpful in documenting conversations.

Part of helping children feel safe and secure after a divorce is working to maintain consistency in their lives. Co-parents can work to be unified when it comes to rules, discipline methods and daily schedules that are established in both households. These standard routines can help children develop into mentally and physically healthy adults.

Missing out on important moments in the lives of children after a divorce can cause a parent a lot of pain. Co-parents can work together by taking pictures of these important moments and sharing them with each other.

Custody arrangements often come along with parenting calendars that are court-ordered. Children benefit when parents stick to these as much as possible. However, there is room for flexibility. If a parent is willing to give every now and then and no harm is done, it could be beneficial for the children. For example, one parent may request a change in the parenting schedule in order to take the children to a soccer match or ballgame.

There are times when the courts have to get involved in order to settle disputes between co-parents. When a person has questions about child custody and changing a parenting plan, they may want to speak with an attorney. The attorney may be able to provide practical assistance, like helping their client to draw up requests to the court for modifications in custody.

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