How can I have a friendly divorce with my ex?

Divorce is an adult matter that some children get dragged into. If you have children at home, make sure that you are handling the divorce in a friendly manner so that you can make the transition on your children easier.

Besides helping your children out, you and your ex can both reap the benefits of a friendly divorce. The thing about this type of divorce is that you and your ex have to work together if you are going to have a friendly divorce.

What should we do about parenting?

It is a good idea for you and your ex to stand as one when it comes to parenting decisions, especially the serious ones. For example, if your child brings home a failing report card, you should work with your ex as a co-parent to determine how to handle the situation. You and your ex working together should start right away. In fact, you should sit down together and let the children know what is going to happen.

What should I do about contentious matters?

You should try to keep the peace as much as possible. This isn't always easy, but it can help you and your ex work through these matters more peacefully if both parties can stay calm and work together. In some cases, using a mediator might help you come to agreements on matters might be the best thing you can do.

You should always do what you feel is best for you and your children during a divorce. By learning what options you have and thinking how those options might impact your future, you can make those decisions.

Source: Our Family Wizard, "A Friendly Divorce: Is It Possible?," accessed Aug. 17, 2017

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