If you and your spouse have plans to divorce, you may have concerns about dividing your property, the future of your finances and other issues. And if you have children, you may worry about dividing your time with them between you and your ex.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2020, 630,505 couples in the U.S. either annulled their marriages or got divorced. Many of these couples also had to figure out how to coparent their children. If you have intentions to coparent with your ex, the following strategies can help you improve this situation.
Focus on your children
It is easy to get caught up in the difficulties and frustrations of sharing parenting time with your former spouse. But try to keep the focus of coparenting on your children and always put them first when making decisions.
Find a way to process your feelings
Coparenting can be frustrating, and you may feel tempted to release your anger and frustration on your ex. However, you should find a way to process these emotions, and talking through them with a close friend, family member or therapist can be beneficial.
Set up a communication schedule
Treat your coparenting relationship like a business partnership. Determine how you will communicate with your ex and when you will discuss coparenting issues.
It can take time to get used to coparenting with your former spouse. Be patient with yourself, your ex and your children as you navigate this new situation and work on forming a strong coparenting relationship with your former spouse.