When you sign your divorce papers, it is tempting to believe that the interactions between you and your spouse are over. Divorce is the end of your marriage, but if you share children, it is the beginning of a new phase of your relationship. Co-parenting is extremely important for your children and can be done successfully, even if your marriage was high in conflict. Amber Serwat of AMS Mediation can serve as a co-parenting coach for you and your ex, so that you can continue to put your children first in your decisions and interactions.
What Does a Co-Parenting Coach Do?
You may be encouraged to seek the support and assistance from a co-parenting coach from an attorney, a Custody Evaluator, an early neutral evaluation provider or it is possible that a co-parenting coach is actually required by a Parenting Consultant. A co-parenting coach can help you with any of the following issues:
● Strategies for protecting your children from the conflict between you and your ex.
● Ways that you can contribute positively to a parenting agreement.
● How to respond to negative communication
● Strategies for effective communication that focuses on what is in the best interest of the child or children, rather than the conflict between the two of you.
● How to successfully share decision making about schedules, extra-curricular activities, health care as well as things like social media and cell phone access.
● Strategies for developing co-parenting boundaries
● Tips for how to raise difficult issues with your co-parenting partner in a non-threatening and productive way.
● Developing schedules and protocols in ways that put your children first.
● Developing strategies for managing ongoing conflict without having it negatively impact your kids.
Move Forward With Your Life After Divorce
One of the goals of a co-parenting coach is to help you and your ex stay out of court. Litigation can be expensive, time consuming and stressful for the adults as well as the children. There are ways to compromise and find common ground when you both share goals and practice effective communication strategies. A co-parenting coach can help you move forward after divorce in a positive direction so that your children can thrive. Sharing children after your divorce means that you will remain connected with your former spouse, but you can maintain a balance between this connection and the new independence that comes after divorce. AMS Mediation is happy to provide the help and support that you need. If you have questions about our co-parenting coaching services, call us today at 952-252-1492.