New language could help British Columbia co-parents raise kids

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on April 18, 2019.

There is an old adage that says doing things the same way all the time and expecting different results is par for insanity. Such is the same when it comes to divorced parents who co-parent their children. When British Columbia parents co-parent their children from different perspectives, problems may arise, so learning how to communicate with each other in a new way with the help of family law tools may be the answer to getting onto the same page regarding matters involving kids.

When parents put their children’s best interests and needs in the foreground of decision-making that concerns them, it may be easier for them to adopt a new way of talking about issues regarding their kids. Even though a couple may not have been successful in their relationship doesn’t mean they can’t successfully co-parent their children by being kind to each other and understanding each other’s opinions. Using new ways of speaking when referring to certain things is a step in the right direction.

Former spouses who are parents should refer to each other as their kids’ mom or dad, rather than calling him or her an ex spouse. The words “should, never and always” may be best left out of communication. Saying thank you and you’re welcome doesn’t take a lot and may go a long way to improving the relationship between parents. As well, responding to messages is important. If one parent texts another, for instance, it’s important to respond to the text.

Parenting in two different households may be difficult at first, but a British Columbia family law lawyer may be able to help a client in various ways such as by helping to draft parenting plan. A caring lawyer will understand the hurdles his or her client faces when it comes to communicating with a former partner on any issue, and especially about those regarding children. A lawyer will know what sorts of details should be included to ensure a client’s parenting plan is smooth sailing until a child turns 18.

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