Once your divorce is finalized and you begin to look toward the future, a good portion of your attention will turn to the well-being of your children. It’s at this point that you realize that co-parenting will be a big part of your life moving forward.

It’s your hope that you and your ex-spouse have the same goals in mind when it comes to raising your children. In order to stay on track, here are five tips to keep in mind:

  • Don’t turn everything into an argument: There will be times when you disagree with your ex, but that doesn’t mean you have to turn it into a blowout argument that adds more tension to an already difficult situation. Pick and choose your battles wisely.
  • Be flexible with schedules: You want to follow the parenting agreement as closely as possible, but there will be times when you or your ex needs to make a change. It’s okay to do so, as long as both of you are on the same page.
  • Know how to communicate: Set a clear strategy for communicating, such as through text messages, email or phone calls. Once you find something that works for the both of you, stick with it. A solid communication strategy can do wonders for your relationship.
  • Respect their time with your children: Don’t attempt to get in the way when your children are with your ex-spouse. Instead, enjoy your time alone and stay out of the way.
  • Be open to making changes: The parenting agreement you’re following today may not work in the future. If you or your ex feels that a change is necessary, talk it over and decide how to best move forward.

There will be times when you face challenges as you raise your children after divorce. Your goal is to deal with any family law issues that come to light, ensuring the best possible life for your children in the future.

If your ex-spouse doesn’t want to cooperate, it may be time to review your parenting agreement with an eye toward taking legal action. You have to protect your rights, as doing so will put you and your children in a better place.