As a divorce mediator, I’ve seen co-parenting plans go both smoothly and not so smoothly.
Here are 5 non-negotiables when it comes to mediating these plans:
Communication is key. I cannot stress this enough. It’s crucial to establish open and honest communication between both partners to ensure that everyone’s needs are being met, and any issues can be addressed promptly. This means being respectful, actively listening, and acknowledging each other’s perspectives.
Flexibility is essential. Life is unpredictable, and unexpected events will undoubtedly arise. Being flexible in your co-parenting plan will allow for these changes to be accommodated, without causing undue stress or tension.
Setting clear boundaries is necessary. Boundaries protect everyone’s needs and ensure that both parents’ expectations are being met. These boundaries should cover things like schedules, visitation rights, and decision-making responsibilities.
Don’t involve the children in adult issues: It’s important to remember that the children should not be involved in adult issues, including conflicts between co-parents. Shielding your children from any drama or disagreements will help protect their emotional well-being.
Lastly, it’s essential to keep the child’s well-being at the forefront of everything. Remember, they are the ones most affected by the divorce, and they need to feel loved and supported by both parents. Keeping this in mind will ensure that the co-parenting plan is designed with their best interests in mind.
By keeping these non-negotiables in mind, you can create a plan that sets everyone up for success.
Reach out to me if you’d like to learn more about how a parenting plan could work for you.