Co-Parenting with Your Ex in Arizona
Sadly, even some of the strongest relationship are unable to withstand the test of time. When you end your relationship, you may hope to never have to speak to your ex again. You will forever be tied to your ex-spouse if you have children together, requiring you to work with them. Although this can prove to be challenging, it is in the best interest of the child(ren) for the parents to work together in their care. Figuring out how to co-parent with your ex appropriately will be of benefit to all parties involved.
Post Divorce Communication
Throughout a divorce, you will use a family law attorney to communicate with your ex. When the divorce is final and the dust has settled, more than likely you will be required to start communicating with them again if you have children. In some cases, you may decide to access a personal representative to manage the communication with your ex.
Communicating with Someone you Dislike
Thankfully, due to advances in technology, there are various forms of communication as opposed to speaking face to face or by phone. Especially when it comes to making plans around the details, such as expenses, visitation changes, and weekend exchanges. In some cases, parents may choose to co-parent through text message or email as an alternative to other types of communication. Another benefit to this is the ability to keep a record of communications that occur around co-parenting.
Whether it is during an exchange for weekend visitation or in the stands at a basketball game, you will eventually come face to face with your ex, despite all efforts made to avoid them. Although this may feel uncomfortable for you, it will make a positive impact on your child when they see that you both are there to cheer for them at the game.
For the Children
Adjusting to this new way of parenting will take some getting used to. It will likely be hard to work with someone around the care of your children whom you do not get along with. Giving yourself reminders of how beneficial co-parenting will be for your children can prove to be a challenge. There are times when we have to collaborate with a person that we don’t get along with when it comes to our children it is even more important that this happens in a cordial manner. Divorce is a painful process, one that you will wish to put behind you. When children are involved, you will be required to work with your ex for their well-being. Although this may be difficult, your children will thank you.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article to ensure everyone has access to information about family law in Arizona. Chris is a divorce and family law attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a divorce should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and, quite frankly, actually caring about what his clients are going through in a divorce or family law case. In short, his practice is defined by the success of his clients. He also manages all of the other attorneys at his firm to make sure the outcomes in their clients’ cases are successful as well.