Co-Parenting After Separation and Divorce

Co-parenting with a former partner can be difficult; it is even more difficult for the children involved. Learning how to co-parent effectively with a more productive outlook will help parents and children become healthier. Being on the same page and establishing a healthy environment in all homes is important. Remembering that the key is: Children come first. 

Separation and divorce can be a long and stressful, journey. The court part is separate from the children and therapy aspect. This can be a difficult task, but remembering that your children will be happier without conflict can propel you to work harder. 

Conflict is the issue, not the actual divorce or separation, so even if you are still married but have conflict in the marriage, learning to co-parent successfully will help your children's future. Raising your children peacefully is probably a goal for you. 

If you start to see your children stressed out, that is a good trigger to start therapy for co-parenting, as well as therapy for your children. Children express differently than adults do, so play therapy sessions can help. 



Co-parenting through the life span 

Children of separation/divorce and grief cycle 

Attachment and shame issues 

Dealing with conflict 

Boundary making and enforcing

Family-of-origin exploration

Passing on issues generationally 

Grief and loss of relationships