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How does parallel parenting work?

On Behalf of | Oct 11, 2021 | Child Custody & Parenting Time |

Divorce is one of the most challenging events a person experiences in his or her life. Sometimes, separation from your spouse becomes complicated or toxic. You may have difficulty communicating with your ex following the split.

According to Healthline, married couples with children may have difficulty after separation, especially if there is resentment. Sometimes co-parenting does not work and you may have to consider parallel parenting.

How do you communicate under a parallel parenting plan?

If you and your former spouse cannot communicate without arguing, you have to find other ways to talk about your children. You may want to limit your communication to text or emails to keep from arguing in front of your children.

Over time, you may be able to communicate more. When you limit communication, you have more time to cool off and heal from the wounds inflicted by the separation.

How do you handle visitation and drop-offs in a parallel parenting plan?

When it comes to dropping off your kids or picking them up, you may want to choose neutral ground. For example, the two of you can park at a grocery store or school and have your children switch vehicles. In some instances, parents choose to have a family member or friend drop the children off.

There is no room to be late when you have a parallel parenting plan. You should always arrive precisely when you agree to.

If there are disputes or cancellations, your plan should already dictate what you do in that situation. You have to plan for all scenarios in a parallel parenting plan.