The school year can be a time of new challenges and opportunities for co-parents. It is important to start off on the right foot and establish ground rules for co-parenting during the school year. Simon, O'Brien, & Knapp is here to provide separated parents with tips and strategies for co-parenting during the school year.
Communicate About The Change
Communication is key when co-parenting. It is important to establish and maintain an open line of communication with your ex-partner in order to make sure that you are both on the same page. For example, you will need to set up a new school schedule and dictate who will purchase supplies. Establish a method of communication that works for both of you, whether it be text messaging, email, or phone calls.
Manage Your Schedules
It is also important to manage your schedules effectively. Make sure to keep track of each other's schedules and events so that you can plan accordingly. If possible, try to coordinate your schedules so the children can spend time with both parents equally. Furthermore, make sure both parents attend any important conferences, meetings, or events.
Tackle Conflict Constructively
Finally, it is important to handle any conflicts that may arise in a calm and constructive manner. If you find yourself disagreeing with your ex-partner, try to have a calm discussion about the issue at hand. It is also important to remember that the children should always be your top priority.
Seek Legal Guidance When Necessary
Co-parenting is no easy feat; however, it is beneficial for children and parents during the school year. By staying on the same page, you and your ex-partner can provide your child with a smooth transition into a new school year.
If any problems arise, know that the team at Simon, O'Brien, & Knapp is here to provide guidance through your custody issues.
Contact us today for help with your custody situation by calling us at (973) 604-2224.