Managing differences

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“ Given that divorce is a life long process, how will we work out what’s best for our children now and in the future.”

Children need

  • Protection from conflict and the consequences of disagreements.
  • Flexible arrangements that support an active and healthy relationship with each parent.
  • Ongoing opportunities to thrive and be successful.
  • The ability to have an unrestricted relationship with both parents.

What can you do?

  • Support the other parent as an active and involved presence in children’s lives.
  • Establish arrangements that are not only child focused but stand the test of time.
  • Design schedules and agreements that promote parenting as a shared responsibility.
  • Avoid defaulting to court based ideas and language. Instead adopt an approach that promotes positive co-parenting.
  • Create a plan  and method for handling future disagreements that will shield children from tension.