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How can I parent after a divorce?

On Behalf of | Oct 18, 2019 | divorce and family law |

Divorce is a stressful ordeal for adults that go through it, but it is stressful for the thousands of children in Georgia that are going through a divorce as well. In an ideal world, the divorce is at least amicable and parenting is easy. However, this is not always the case. If you are going through an acrimonious divorce, it is important to keep your kids at the forefront of your mind. Even if things are rough with your ex-spouse, it is important to have solid strategies in place for parenting around these difficulties. According to Parents, it is vitally important to not bad mouth your ex-spouse around your kids.

While this may seem obvious, it is often easier said than done. In an acrimonious divorce, it is only natural to feel a level of frustration toward your ex-spouse. However, it is paramount to remember that your ex-spouse is still your child’s other parent and that is never going to change. Compounding the issue is that kids can sense tension quite well, and this can be difficult for them to deal with.

In the event that the divorce is a bad one, it is still advisable to pursue co-parenting if at all possible. A good strategy is to arrange drop-offs and pickups at a neutral place rather than at either parent’s living situation. So meeting at a restaurant or even at school may be a good choice. When the come back from your ex-spouse’s house, make sure act interested in their time spent with their other parents. Imagine that they are coming back from a weekend at the grandparents’ house. You do not need to be specifically interested in what your ex-spouse was doing, but asking about fun activities is a great strategy.