Once your divorce is final and you turn your full attention to the future, you’ll find that co-parenting is now a big part of your life. Even though you’re sure to face some challenges, you must always do what’s in the best interest of your children.

Even if you are on speaking terms with your ex-spouse, co-parenting is often more difficult than it sounds. Here are five of the top issues to protect against:

  • Lack of communication: You may have no desire to communicate with your ex, but you have to do so in order to stay on track. Fortunately, there are many ways to communicate, so you don’t always have to do so face-to-face.
  • Being greedy: Yes, you want what’s best for you and your children, but don’t be greedy. Think about the feelings and well-being of your ex. Practicing empathy can go a long way in making a bad situation more tolerable.
  • Too much arguing: There are times when an argument is unavoidable. There are also times when you can let something slide off your back, thus avoiding an argument that causes more harm than good.
  • Putting your children in the middle: Your children are already going through enough changes. Don’t put them in the middle, such as by asking them who they like better or telling them bad things about their other parent.
  • Getting in the way: When your children are spending time with your ex, stay out of the way until it’s your turn. Don’t show up unexpectedly, call your ex on the phone or text your children. When you respect their time, you can hope that they’ll return the favor in the future.

Even though these are some of the top issues in co-parenting, others may move to the forefront at some point. Rather than sweep these issues under the rug, find a way to remedy them once and for all.

If you’re doing everything you can to make co-parenting work, but your ex continues to make things difficult, review your parenting agreement and learn more about your legal rights in Texas. You may have to discuss the situation in an attempt to solve your problems.

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