The end of a marriage can be a traumatic event in the lives of the youngest members of a Georgia family. Even if the divorce is amicable and parents want to protect the best interests of their kids above all else, the kids will still need a custody and visitation plan that allows them to have stability and security long-term. This is possible through a thoughtful and carefully crafted co-parenting plan.
Co-parenting can be a challenging process, but it can be even more difficult when the kids are in school. School-age children have educational needs, and they may also have after-school activities, sports and much more. It can be difficult to juggle the needs of the kids while also following the terms of the parenting plan. With a goal of helping the kids and supporting their education, it’s possible to help your kids succeed after a divorce.
It’s about balance
Parents will have to be willing to compromise and work together to achieve a balance to help their kids succeed both academically and emotionally. Some of the following tips can help you and the other parent navigate the challenges of raising kids together after a divorce:
- Set up a system for both of you to communicate with each other about what is happening in the lives of your kids.
- Set up expectations for how schedules will work during the school year, including extracurricular activities.
- Speak with your child’s teachers about his or her home life, including how to best communicate with the parents about school-related matters.
- Use apps to both log schedule changes, message each other and manage a potentially complicated co-parenting arrangement.
It’s not easy to parent children with a former spouse, but it may help to remember that the main priority for every decision is to protect the well-being of the kids above anything else.
The right way forward
The right parenting plan for your family depends on the unique needs of you and your kids. The goal will be to craft a co-parenting strategy that allows your kids to succeed at home and at school. The foundation of a good, consistent system is a thoughtfully crafted custody and visitation plan that focuses on the kids first. This will allow you to provide stability and security for years to come.