A divorce is a time of considerable changes, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. One thing that can add some challenges is when you have children together. You have to take the children into account for every decision you make during the split.
Some people will think that there will be a sudden shift in life during the divorce. While it is true that you will have some differences in your new life, there are some aspects that might not change as much as you thought.
Bad spouses can make excellent parents
It is easy to fall into thinking that the type of spouse your ex was is the same time of parent they will be. This isn’t necessarily the case. Even a person who was a horrible spouse can still be a loving and attentive parent. You should focus on how your ex interacts with your children now so that you can feel more secure in them being an active part in the kids’ lives. Your children need to know that you encourage their relationship with the other parent, so be sure you are taking steps to make this happen.
People don’t magically change with divorce
The issues that you had with your ex before the divorce might not matter once you are separated, but you shouldn’t think that this means you or your ex will magically become different people. There will likely still be anger and hurt feelings while both adults adjust to the changes. It is going to take time to break the thoughts and feelings that have become ingrained, so be patient and work with your ex toward having a mutually respectful relationship that enables you to raise your children as a team.
You won’t be able to fully leave your ex alone
Because you have children, there is going to be some level of communication that has to happen. Co-parenting is a big consideration since both parents still need to be involved with the kids. You can expect that you will have to see your ex at major events for the children. These include sports events, graduations, school activities, church functions, weddings and other similar occasions. If you set the guidelines early in your co-parenting relationships, you will find that these events may go more smoothly. One thing that can’t be negotiable is mutual respect.
During this time of transition, you need to put together a solid parenting plan. This outlines what you and your ex must do to raise the children.