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  • Writer's pictureAngela Larimer

How Moms and Dads Can Help Their Children Thrive After Divorce

Parents can help their children continue to thrive after divorce. For a Chicago divorce attorney, call Angela at Larimer Law Firm. 773-370-0600.

Parents can help their children thrive after divorce by focusing on what is best for the children, cooperating as the divorce proceeds, and working together after the divorce is finalized. Divorcing parents who would like to learn more about healthy ways to co-parent can call Chicago divorce attorney Angela Larimer at Larimer Law, LLC. 773-370-0600.

Cooperating Throughout the Divorce

When moms and dads work together during a divorce, they provide their children with healthier, more stable environments. Putting their children’s needs first and working in unison helps to reduce tension in the family and stress on the kids.

Many divorcing parents who are struggling with constructive communication and creating an agreement that both parties can accept work with an experienced divorce mediator to help resolve their issues in an amicable way. Mediation helps parents maintain control over the decisions and create a parenting plan that makes sense for both parties and their children. When parents work together to design a plan that accommodates their needs and those of their children, it is often less disruptive to their kids’ routines and enables both parents to play an active role in their children’s lives.

Working Together Post-Divorce

In addition to collaborating more effectively during the divorce process, working together to help the family adapt after the divorce is finalized helps ensure the children feel safe and secure.

Many parents have found that using parenting apps, sending emails, and sharing calendars makes communicating and keeping up with everyone’s schedule easier when the parents live apart.

Some divorced couples with shared parenting time and parental responsibilities use creative schedules, purchase duplicate items for their children to keep at each parent’s home, and even swap parenting time days to keep things running smoothly.

Others, on the other hand, try a unique approach referred to as nesting. With this type of parenting arrangement, the parents take turns caring for their children in the family home instead of having the kids transition from one house to another. Some experts say that allowing the children to stay in the family home full time can help children adapt to the new family structure over time. Others stress that this approach is not for everyone. While nesting makes things run more smoothly for some families, new relationships, the added expenses that can accompany nesting, and resentment from the marriage can cause the arrangement to fail. Because of this, nesting is usually only a temporary solution to ease the transition in the early weeks or months after the divorce.

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