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Tips for Co-Parenting During Summer Vacation

By: Sarah Peel, Associate Lawyer

What does it mean to Co-parent?

Co-parenting is all about learning how to parent your children together even though you are now bringing them up in two separate households.

Why is co-parenting important after separation?

When it comes to children and the law, everything comes down to what is in their best interests. It is extremely important to the health and well-being of children after separation that their parents learn to co-parent effectively. A lot of this comes down to minimizing conflict, communicating effectively and planning parenting time well in advance.

How do you make it work? 5 Tips for effective co-parenting:

  1. COMMUNICATE. Remember, you may have separated from your partner, but your children have not. It is important to maintain prompt, respectful communication for the sake of your children. Most importantly, DO NOT communicate through your children – regardless of how old they are.

  2. HAVE A PLAN. Make sure you have a parenting plan in place that lays out your parenting time -and STICK to it. While it is great to be flexible, children need consistency and sticking to a pre-set schedule will help to minimize conflict between you and your spouse.

  3. BE CONSISTENT. It’s summer vacation and while bedtimes might not be spot on every night, it’s important to maintain a general routine between households.

  4. RESPECT THE OTHER PARENT’S PARENTING TIME. Give your children and your former partner space to be together and don’t encroach on the other parent’s parenting time.

  5. CLEAR TRAVEL PLANS IN ADVANCE. This comes back to planning and communication. If you are planning to travel with the children, be sure to discuss this with the other parent well in advance. When travel plans are in place, be sure to provide both the other parent with contact information and a general itinerary – especially if your travel involves flights or hotels.

Want to learn more about successfully co-parenting after separation? Check out the parenting tools now available via the Department of Justice and consider signing up for the free course For the Sake of the Children.

DISCLAIMER: The publications on this website are intended to provide information of a general nature and not legal advice. The information contained in this publication is current to the date of the publication and may be subject to change following the publication date.

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