Co-parenting is one of the most difficult things you'll ever do. Even if you have the best intentions, you never know what approach the other parent will take. This is why you must prepare for every possible challenge that could come your way.
While there is no way of knowing what the future will bring, here are five co-parenting challenges that could stand in your way at some point:
- The other parent is talking badly about you: You can't control this, but since it can have a negative impact on your relationship with your children, it's something to keep an eye on.
- Schedule changes: You have a parenting agreement, but that doesn't mean you won't face potential schedule changes every now and again. For example, a child may have an extracurricular activity, which impacts their visitation schedule with your ex. Have a plan in place for dealing with these situations.
- Sharing control: You don't have full control over everything your children do, as you're not around when they're spending time with the other parent. It's hard to give up control, but you have to trust that your ex is doing whatever is best for your children.
- Lack of communication: It's critical to have a system in place for communicating with your ex. It doesn't matter if you do so in person, over the phone or even via text, as long as you're both comfortable with the system you can rely on it to stay in touch. If your communication fails, so does your ability to provide the best life possible for your children.
- Violating the parenting agreement: You created a parenting agreement in mediation, but now your ex doesn't care what it says. They're doing whatever they want, even when you ask about it. This is a big challenge, as it could impact your relationship with your children.
If your ex-spouse is ignoring the parenting agreement and making life miserable on you, it's time to consider your options. You have legal rights as a parent, and you need to protect them at all times as to give your children the stability they deserve. If all else fails, it may be time to take formal action in court.