When parents separate there can be a difference of opinion on decisions with regards to the children such as schooling, medical care and relocation. It is important that the best interests of the children are always at the forefront of any decision-making process and that the parties communicate effectively to resolve this difference of opinions, especially where the parties have shared decision-making responsibility of the children. Making shared parenting work is important to provide the children with stability and security and to allow them to maintain a close relationship with both parents. Effectively managing a difference of opinion will also allow for a more seamless transition to co-parenting for you and your former spouse.
The key to managing a difference of opinions is to separate your personal relationship with your former spouse from the co-parenting relationship. Your relationship with your former spouse now centers around the well-being of your children and while the marriage may be over, continuing to act and make decisions that are in your child’s best interest is not. While differences of opinion are not at all uncommon, it is important to ensure that you put your children’s needs ahead of your own in order to manage these differences of opinions.
There are a number of other helpful tips for managing a difference of opinion between you and your former spouse post-divorce;
- Ensure mutual respect and try to view the situation from the other persons point of view
- Keep the lines of communication open
- Save your energy for the more important decisions, and don’t sweat the small stuff
- Find common ground
- Avoid conflict with your former spouse in front of the children
A post-divorce difference of opinion is very common especially when there are children are involved. What is important is to maintain a mutual respect and ensure that the best interests of the children are always at the forefront of any decision-making process. Having an effective co-parenting relationship with your former spouse post-divorce is crucial to ensuring your children grow up in a stable and secure environment despite their parents being separated.
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