The goal of co-parenting is to promote the best interest of children by working collaboratively to maintain routine relationships. Co-parenting is most effective when both parties come together to create a written plan that addresses how much time each parent will have with the children, how to divide expenses, and how to make both minor and major parenting decisions.
A co-parenting plan should also detail how disputes and the introduction of new significant others will be handled. With a detailed written plan in place, all family members will have a better understanding of their role and will know what to expect as circumstances change.
For some divorced couples, bitter feelings and resentment can make it nearly impossible for them to work together to create a co-parenting plan on their own. In these cases, couples can turn to professionals like mediators and psychologists to help them develop a plan that meets their children’s needs.