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Does cooperating with a co-parent help during a divorce?

On Behalf of | Jul 23, 2021 | Firm News |

When going through a divorce, it is easy to lose track of your own mental health and well-being. Matters often end up even more complex as a parent, as you also have to watch out for your child.

Thus, you will likely spend time looking for ways to make the situation easier for them to cope with. But how can you do this? One potential way might surprise you.

Providing stability

According to Psychology Today, cooperative co-parenting might help ease the difficulties of accepting divorce. The simple act of cooperation alone can actually pave the way to easier understanding of the situation and a simpler time digesting the related changes that may come.

But how is this possible? First, it provides your child with a much-needed source of stability. Many fears about divorce stem from the concern that nothing will remain the same in the future. It is a scary and uncertain time for your child, so showing them any amount of reliable behavior will help soothe them.

Showing you are the parents

It also shows that you are still the parents, no matter what you are going through. Cooperation requires a level of maturity that even your children can understand. They will see how you handle pressure and disagreements and it can help ease their fears accordingly.

Finally, if you set aside your arguments and disagreements, it gives you more time to focus on your child. You can notice and address problems as they arise and answer questions they may have without taking shots at each other. It ultimately benefits both you and your child.