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How To Rise Above The Conflict After Divorce

Co-parenting after a divorce is tough. It’s even tougher if you had a contentious divorce, which involved a custody battle. Your children (and you) will benefit if you are able to set aside differences and learn how to effectively co-parent and minimize conflict.

Recently there have been some heart-warming stories where exes made an extra effort to bridge the gap. These may not work for you or for your family, but you may get some inspiration for an idea that would work for everyone.

One set of parents from Alaska and South Carolina makes it a priority to have family pictures taken together each year. So far, they haven’t had to consider new significant others. But the couple did indicate that any significant others would be included in future pictures if and when that becomes an issue. The benefit for their child is the opportunity for him to see his parents together with him as a family unit, despite them living apart. The parents admit that they don’t always get along or agree, but they do agree about the value of this one gesture.

A post on the “Love What Matters” page about a father making breakfast for his ex-wife went viral. Billy Flynn defended his act as a means of teaching his young sons how to be better men and to set an example of how to treat women. He believed it was a necessary part of his parenting duty to model good relationship behavior, despite the couple being divorced.

These may not be feasible for many divorcing couples. If you are able to develop your own methods of effective co-parenting, you may just find you are both capable of more than you thought. It is certainly worth a try so that you and your ex – and your children – can move forward in a positive way.

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