Navigating the world of co-parenting is difficult – especially during a global pandemic. Co-parenting can come with a multitude of issues, some that are easier to resolve than others. To guide you through the start of the new year as a co-parent, our team at Stok Kon + Braverman has put together tips to help you and your ex raise your child(ren) in 2022.
Tip #1: Improve Communication with Co-Parent
Co-parenting can be difficult because it requires both parents to be in constant communication to have arrangements go smoothly. Unfortunately, communication doesn’t always come easy while co-parenting. Whether a parent is forgetful, hurt, or angry, a lack of communication can ultimately affect the child’s wellbeing. However, communication is vital among co-parents – especially during the pandemic. Setting hurt and angry feelings aside can help communication flow between co-parents.
*Remember – you are communicating with the co-parent for your child(ren)’s well-being.
Tip #2: Keep Healthy Routines
During the pandemic, it is more important than ever to maintain a healthy routine in both households. Creating a sense of order to the day and healthy practices (such as constantly washing hands and using hand sanitizer) can help your child during these difficult times. Be sure to communicate with your ex on how to establish healthy routines for your child during the pandemic.
Tip #3: Co-Parent as a Team
Co-parenting requires both parents to make decisions together. For such reasons, it is important to work as a team when it comes to your child’s wellbeing. Although it is healthy for children to be exposed to different perspectives, they should have fundamental expectations at each home. Talk to the other parent about setting consistencies between:
Tip #4: Spend Time with Your Children During COVID-19
The global health crisis has had a significant impact on every household. Whether you are worried about money, health, school regulations, etc., it can be easy to get distracted. For such reasons, it is important that you remember to set aside time to spend with each child. It can be for just 20 minutes or longer. Bonding with your child can make a significant difference to their day during these uncertain times.
Tip# 5: Make Transitions & Visitation Easier
Sharing homes has become difficult during the pandemic. Establishing a clear routine for co-parents and children alike can help make transitions and visitations easier. Talk to your child a day or two before they leave to the other parent’s house so they can anticipate change. When they come back, create a routine so that they know exactly what to expect – making transitions easier for them.
Tip #6: Seek Help During Co-Parenting Problems
In order for co-parenting arrangements to work, both parents need to put an effort to communicate and work as a team. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Even if you put in the effort, it doesn’t mean the other parent will. If the other parent is making it difficult for you to see your child, keep up with schedules, etc., then you should seek guidance for you and your child’s well-being. Speaking with an experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and the course of action you should take to protect your child.
Fort Lauderdale Family Law Attorneys
If you need help with your co-parenting arrangements, our team at Stok Kon + Braverman is here to help you. Because we are a boutique law firm, you can trust you will receive the care and attention you expect from your Fort Lauderdale family law attorney. Our large team of attorneys has a collective amount of experience that has helped us turn losing situations into winning results on more occasions. Let our team guide you with your case from start to finish!
Contact our Fort Lauderdale family law attorneys today at (954) 874-8870 to schedule a consultation!