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What is a Parallel Parenting Plan and When is it a Good Idea?

Some divorced parents have no trouble interacting when necessary. They don’t have any problem discussing their child’s schedule, attending parent-teacher conferences side by side or calmly presenting differing opinions on important issues related to raising their child. Some divorced parents may not even find it difficult to invite their ex over with their new spouse to celebrate a child’s birthday. Other divorced parents that do not find it simple to discuss important issues with their ex regarding raising their child, find it pointedly difficult to avoid simple discussions escalating to contentious arguments, and are not capable of interacting with each…

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What Happens When Parents Cannot Agree on a Parenting Plan?

Agreeing with your spouse during divorce proceedings can be extremely difficult. Emotions are high, resentments are festering, and parents often have a hard time seeing past all of this to come to terms on a parenting plan. Too often, divorcing parents cannot seem to agree on a parenting plan. What Happens When Parents Cannot Agree on a Parenting Plan? Divorce Mediation: Parents seeking a cooperative approach to a divorce or separation often turn to mediation. This type of cooperative approach to divorce and child custody can strengthen the conflict-free environment and create a firm foundation for a successful, long-term co-parenting…

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After Divorce: Co-Parenting and Your Child’s Schedule

Are you getting divorced? Are you overwhelmed with all the decisions you have to make? You are not alone. Many find themselves in similar circumstances. One of the most common concerns and most difficult choices divorcing parents struggle with is how the kids will spend time with each of their parents during and after divorce. In most cases, this involves a detailed Parenting Plan that becomes part of the Divorce Agreement. The main focus of any good parenting plan is the child’s well-being. Determining Your Child’s Schedule After Divorce: In cases where there is current conflict, it can be tough…

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Co-Parenting: How to Tell When You’re Doing it Right

It takes a lot of effort and hard work for two parents to say they’re at a point where they work together and do what’s best for the kids while minimizing conflict. And the hard work and effort required only increases when the parents involved are no longer together but are trying to co-parent together after divorce. If you’re a California co-parenting trying to make it happen after a divorce, here’s how to tell when you’re doing it right. Co-Parenting: Signs You’re Getting it Right 1.    Clear Boundaries: Establish clear boundaries to make it easier to work together while co-parenting…

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3 Methods of Diffusing High Conflict Co-Parenting

Co-parenting is difficult in many cases, but in some cases, it is so difficult that it is described as high conflict. High conflict co-parenting takes its toll on the co-parents, the children, and the families involved. It can take time to discover healthy ways to deal with the situation. Signs that You May Be Experiencing High Conflict Co-Parenting: You do not speak to your ex about anything outside of your child. When you speak about your child or situations pertaining to your child, you always disagree.   You or your spouse or both of you are in and out of…

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Tips on Co-Parenting Graduates and Brides

As graduation draws near, many divorced or and separated parents are experiencing conflicting emotions. They find themselves facing important events in their child’s life that requires the presence of both parents. When two people have a child together, there are certain celebrations like graduation and weddings that the child will want to spend with both parents. Being able to set aside any animosity for the occasion can make all the difference for the child. Navigating this type of territory can be uncomfortable at best, but it can be done. If you find yourself co-parenting a bride or a groom or…

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