Co-Parenting: How Separated Parents Can Make It Work

As a divorced parent, try to be flexible with your ex when it comes to the time you spend with your child. He may be asking for a schedule change today, but it's likely that you'll be the one running late or needing to switch days in the future.
Dave and Karen are parents who've just divorced. The ordeal wasn't pleasant, but did result in a typical child custody arrangement. The kids will live with Karen, and Dave will see them every other weekend and one night per week.

The divorce decree refers to Dave and Karen's "co-parenting" plan, joint legal custody and Karen's residential custody of the children. But neither parent is quite sure what those terms mean or how they're supposed to raise their kids together when what they really want is to start their own separate lives.

"Co-parenting" - or raising your children as a team even if you're not together as a couple - has become a buzzword in divorce proceedings. You've probably heard about the importance of co-parenting to the overall well-being of children of divorce. But what is co-parenting, and how do you make it work for you and your kids?

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