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Parallel parenting could help ease co-parenting conflicts

On Behalf of | Oct 28, 2021 | Firm News

It’s not always easy to talk to an ex-spouse after an emotional divorce. However, California parents who have a co-parenting child custody arrangement know that they’re going to have to communicate regardless of their past relationship. Parallel parenting may be an effective strategy for co-parents who struggle with communication due to conflict. Here’s what parallel parenting is and how to utilize it for successful co-parenting.

What is parallel parenting?

Parallel parenting is a strategy that allows conflictual co-parents a way to disconnect from each other while still maintaining their parenting responsibilities and staying active in the lives of their children. In many parallel parenting arrangements, parents agree to limit communication to one method, such as in writing. Parallel parenting is a way for parents to limit communication and mitigate the risk of conflict so that they can give children more energy and attention.

Parallel parenting is not indefinite

For those whose divorce was particularly contentious, co-parenting right after the divorce may not be a good idea. In this type of situation, parallel parenting is sometimes a good transition strategy to ease parents into co-parenting at a later time when emotions aren’t running quite so high. Parallel parenting does not have to be permanent. It can give parents a chance to cool off and assess parenting strategies at a later date

Unfortunately, conflict in co-parenting is just a reality for many separated or divorced parents. For parents who struggle with conflict, parallel parenting could be the solution needed to raise children in a healthy and happy home. Parents in California who have questions about parallel parenting or any aspect of child custody could benefit by speaking with a seasoned and knowledgeable attorney who specializes in family law.

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