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Co-parenting in Massachusetts after a divorce

Parenting is difficult, no matter what. When parents divorce, it creates a whole new set of child-rearing challenges. Thankfully, for Massachusetts parents who are worried about how ending their marriage might affect their children, there are several ways moms and dads can co-parent effectively after divorce.

Parents should – and likely will – try to make the children and their well-being the main focus of any decisions.  As challenging as it may sound, a key to this is open communication between ex-spouses, at least when it comes to co-parenting. It's important to discuss issues like differing parenting approaches, rules and discipline. In this way, parents can avoid confusion or children's attempts to play one parent against the other, and can ensure that both homes are a structured, consistent and healthy environment.

If divorced parents find it difficult to communicate without negativity, it may help to find common ground, such as discussing the children's needs while both parents work for a solution. When emotions run too high and make effective communication tough, concentrating solely on the facts at hand while attempting to ignore underlying emotions can prove useful, if tricky at times. It's also important to refrain from making negative comments about a former spouse in front of the children and to keep kids away from the center of the conflict.

Through communicating and putting their children's needs first, Massachusetts parents can try to make their divorce as stress-free for their children as possible. Finding the right family law attorney can help, too, as they will have valuable experience in working with families with children. A knowledgeable family law attorney will be able to provide guidance on things like parenting schedules, shared custody and other issues unique to divorcing couples who have children.

Source:, "5 Genius Co-parenting Tips for Newly Divorced Moms & Dads", June 23, 2017

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