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Establishing a positive coparenting relationship

After a divorce, former spouses in North Carolina might have trouble raising their children together. While coparenting can be complicated, there are ways exes can work together and ease the tensions. It's wise to establish a positive coparenting relationship for the good of the children.

Coparenting often works better with an established routine. A set schedule tells everyone what to expect and removes uncertainty about when a child will see each parent and who will take children to different obligations. Setting and sticking to a schedule is one sign of a healthy relationship between divorced parents. However, flexibility is also necessary for a strong coparenting arrangement.

While both parents should stick to a schedule as much as possible, unforeseen events could mean that changes are inevitable. For one parent to accommodate changes, the other must strive to be equally accommodating when something unexpected happens. Additionally, parents may wish to speak with each other before telling children about any changes.

Kids do not want to pick sides in a divorce. Therefore, a good relationship between coparents prevents children from being caught in the middle of a conflict. This could mean that parents are able to interact and attend events without issues. If kids think that their parents get along well, the process will generally be much easier.

When creating a parenting plan, many potential issues could be addressed. A parenting plan could deal with scheduling changes and preferred ways to communicate. Parents might also address guidelines for dealing with important considerations like education, health and religion. When disagreements regarding child custody arise, legal counsel may be consulted.

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