Co-Parenting after Virginia Divorce: When To Back Down
Any experienced divorce attorney can tell you that co-parenting after divorce is a challenging endeavor to undertake. There may be situations where you aren't sure of the best course of action or don't know what type of approach to use with your child or with your ex. By gaining confidence in this area, you can create a more successful parenting plan after a Virginia divorce.
Sometimes divorced parents run into scenarios in which they aren't sure whether to “make a big deal” about a certain issue or not. One parent may want to express an opinion about something, but may be afraid that doing so will rock the boat and restart strife between them. This is an awkward thing to deal with, and it benefits neither the parents nor the kids.
Generally, when co-parenting after divorce, you're bound to face some disagreements with your ex. Many times, this may be related to simple differences in parenting style. If this is the case, it may be best to avoid arguments and let it go. One thing a divorced parent learns is to pick their battles; while you may not agree 100% with the way your ex raises the kids, you should try and keep the peace as best as you can.
This isn't to say that you should remain silent if you feel that your child's safety or well-being is at stake. These are cases where you shouldn't hesitate to let your feelings be known. Knowing when to stand your ground is crucial.
Put the Children's Best Interests First
You and your ex-husband aren't expected to get along; you didn't divorce because of how well you worked together. There may be some (or many) unaddressed emotional issues at work between the two of you that make it difficult to communicate in a friendly and productive way. Still, you and your ex both need to understand that parenting your children should be about the children, not about the two of you. Setting aside your personal anger and bitterness will help you to be wiser and more logical in your parenting decisions.
If your ex-husband is uncooperative with you regarding co-parenting issues and is simply not doing his part, it's up to you to take the high road and do what's right to the best of your ability. Family therapy can be useful to help you and your ex work out your issues and find solutions for successful co-parenting after divorce.
Contacting a Virginia Divorce Attorney
Our Virginia divorce attorneys at Hofheimer Family Law Firm care about your rights, the welfare and happiness of your children and your financial security. Let us use our unique experience to help you focus on your goals for the future and your family. To learn more about Virginia divorce, , or – 757-425-5200.