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Parallel parenting in high-conflict situations after divorce

On Behalf of | Nov 29, 2018 | Child Custody

Most Florida parents who are getting a divorce agree that it’s important to focus on the best interests of the children. However, there may be so much conflict between the former spouses that they are not capable of co-parenting. Furthermore, they might be concerned about their children witnessing a lot of arguments. Studies show that this type of conflict can be especially damaging on kids.

Ex-spouses who have trouble getting along may want to consider the benefits of parallel parenting. In this type of parenting structure, exes avoid conflict by having no direct contact with one another. In order to achieve this, they may need a detailed plan. Co-parents communicate regularly, but parallel parents aim for the opposite. They might work out alternative methods, such as sharing calendars.

A co-parenting relationship is built on mutual respect. However, a successful parallel parenting arrangement means both parents have to let go of the temptation to try to control one another. However, some parallel relationships may change and become more flexible over time. Years after the divorce, the parents may find that the conflict between them has dissipated enough that they are able to move toward more cooperation.

During a divorce, a high level of conflict can interfere with the parents’ ability to negotiate child custody issues. However, the mediation process may help lower tensions. The point of mediation is to work through conflict to a solution that both parties agree on. Not all couples are successful in mediation. In such cases, litigation may be necessary.