One of the biggest adjustments (and sometimes surprises) after divorce is realizing that you still need to maintain a relationship with your ex in order to effectively co-parent. When the divorce papers are signed, your marriage is over, so your relationship shifts to working together as co-parents. This can be extremely difficult and stressful for a family – for the adults and the kids. AMS Mediation offers co-parenting coaching to help families adjust to their new normal.
Staying On Top Of Your Parenting Plan
When you settle the terms of your divorce, one of the biggest parts of the settlement is the Parenting Plan. This outlines how your children will divide their time, including vacations, holidays and it can also address other important issues related to how you parent your kids. Developing a strong Parenting Partnership is critical to helping your children adjust to the new family dynamic. A Co-parenting coach may be recommended by an attorney, a Custody Evaluator, or even required by a Parenting Consultant or you can simply decide to utilize the resource. Amber Serwat uses her professional background and training combined with her personal experience with divorce to help families learn to work together after divorce. As a co-parenting coach, Amber can help with any of the following:
● Communication strategies between couples that protects children from conflict
● Finding ways to interact positively with your ex
● Keeping your children in mind during every interaction and leaving the conflict of your past behind.
● Resources for how to structure a fair and equitable parenting time arrangement. This may include vacation schedules, health care decisions, how to manage social media/cell phone use, and other parenting related issues that require joint decision making.
● Guidance on how to communicate with your kids about changes and transitions.
● Preparing for new issues that will come up as time passes and developing strategies for handling these new problems including new relationships, blending families, etc. Develop strategies for making shared decisions in a positive and productive way.
● Guidelines about how to set boundaries with your ex.
Benefits Of Using A Co-Parenting Divorce Coach
The bottom line is that your marriage may be over, but shared parenting is not. Your divorce simply marks a change in your relationship. Learning early on in the process to resolve conflict helps you and your kids heal after the divorce. It can also show your children that you and your ex are able to work together for their benefit. If you are interested in learning more about our Co-Parenting Coaching services, call AMS Mediation at 952-252-1492 to schedule a free consultation.