After a divorce in Georgia, you and your former partner may decide to co-parent your child or children. Through this process, you may work together with your child’s other parent to raise and care for your child, despite no longer living together. Although continuing to share in the duties and responsibilities of raising your child may be what is in his or her best interests, maintaining a functional parenting relationship with your child’s other parent after a divorce may be a challenge. Using these tips, however, you may foster a positive co-parenting environment in which your child can continue to thrive.

Especially when the split is new and the emotions involved may still be raw, it is important that you refrain from speaking negatively about your child’s other parent in front of or within earshot of your kids. According to The Oprah Magazine, children who are exposed to conflict during a divorce may experience insecurities or a depletion of their sense of self-worth. Additionally, parents badmouthing each other to or in front of their children may teach them to be disrespectful to their parents or other authority figures.

As you adjust to living without your former spouse and life as a single parent, you may be tempted to treat your child more like a friend. However, giving children too much power may serve to reduce their respect for their parents, lead to them making poor choices, or result in them having feelings of guilt or anxiety. Therefore, while it is good for parents to give their children a voice, they should maintain healthy parent-child relationships.

Co-parenting is not easy, and tensions are likely to escalate from time to time during the process. For your wellbeing and that of your child, it is important that you find a social network to help you through it. You may seek out support from a social media group or forum, trusted family members or friends, a religious leader or others who can help you see the issue from both sides.

The information in this post is intended only for general purposes and is not meant as legal advice.