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Divorced parents need to act like grown-ups

Most New York City residents are likely guilty of doing something they knew wasn't right at some point or another. This often is the case when emotions take over causing an individual to disregard reason and logic. Many divorced parents are all too familiar with struggles related to keeping emotions in check, especially when it comes to co-parenting.

While it can be difficult, especially if a divorce was contentious, to put personal feelings aside, doing so is critical for the wellbeing of shared children. Of course, in theory, this advice makes sense. Taking steps to put this advice into practice, however, can be much more challenging.

A big part of learning to successfully co-parent with an ex-spouse relates to letting go and moving forward. When parents decide to divorce, their relationship as a married couple is over. Their relationship as parents, however, must continue. When possible, children need the love, support and involvement of both parents. Divorced parents who keep this information top of mind are more able to let go of those things that, while annoying, pose no real danger to a child.

Much of the advice that pertains to divorced parents, pertains to all parents. For example, it's never a good idea for parents to argue in front of a child, especially if that argument is about the child. A child needs to know his or her parents are united in matters related to childrearing and that both parents are committed to raising a happy and well-adjusted son or daughter.

In cases where concerns exist that a child is in danger or a parent is not complying with the terms of a child custody agreement, legal action may be necessary. An attorney who handles both divorce and child custody matters can assist in helping provide for a favorable resolution.

Source: The Huffington Post, "7 Pieces Of Advice All Co-Parents Need To Hear," Feb. 25, 2014

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