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Co-parenting tips for New York parents

Sometimes, after a divorce, parents are too angry initially to co-parent effectively. However, the child is the big winner when parents become able to put aside their differences and anger and join forces to make the best parenting decisions for their kids.

New York parents who are struggling with a child custody dispute may benefit from implementing some of these co-parenting tips into their repertoire.

Consulting with Professionals -- Your family law attorney is a good source to turn to when you realize that you need a little help. He or she can usually recommend a professional for both family and individual counseling. Sometimes, it's a good idea for both parties to participate in a co-parenting class. Some versions are even held online for your convenience.

Effective Communication -- At some point, parents will have to communicate with one another about their children's lives. No child should ever be used as a go-between for ex-spouses. Technology has advanced enough that parents with a great deal of acrimony between them can avoid dealing with one another directly. Text messages, email and even faxes are all legitimate ways to convey vital information with the other parent. There is even a website called Our Family Wizard that can be used to keep track of communications, appointments and schedules. You can also upload documents to an online cloud accessible to both parents. Also, trying to see the situation from the other's perspective is a good way to help you decide when to pick your battles.

Avoid Protracted Litigation -- Some people want their day in court and won't be satisfied until they get it, but more and more are choosing to mediate matters with their spouse through their attorneys. Filing motion after motion in a contested divorce only increases the anger and bitterness between the parties. It's better to realize that the best interests of the children are never served with parents engaged in acrimonious court battles that never end. Remember that the healing can't begin until all the dust has settled.

Source: Huffington Post, "Divorce Confidential: Tips for Successful and Healthy Co-Parenting" Caroline Choi, May. 09, 2014

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