Tips on co-parenting after divorce in Georgia

Divorced Georgia parents can help their children by learning ways to positively co-parent with former spouses.

A divorce affects many people beyond just the Georgia couple who chooses to end a marriage. Children, extended family members, friends and neighbors can all be impacted by this experience. Additionally, the impact of a divorce can linger far after the papers are signed and property division agreements, alimony payments, child custody and more are determined.

People who get divorced with young children at home understand this very well as they must continue to raise their children with spouses that they could no longer remain married to. This is certainly a difficult task but a very important one as it is in a child's best interests to have both parents' involvement with activities and time together.

How can divorced spouses make co-parenting easier?

Working collaboratively with a former spouse may seem impossible but it can be done with consciousness, effort and even the help of technology. An article published in Psychology Today highlights the many ways that children benefit when parents can do this.

Some options for people wishing to create more positive co-parenting situations include:

  • Greet each other politely when at children's events or when exchanging kids from one home to the other.
  • Speak kindly of the other parent to the children. This includes supporting a parenting decision the other parent made that may not be to the liking of the children.
  • Be open and flexible about schedules when unforeseen circumstances arise.
  • Let kids see you work out issues positively together.

Finding ways to minimize conflict is also important. Let an app help track finances so that you and your ex-spouse do not have to manage this common hotbed of problems alone. The Huffington Post notes that many apps can even facilitate money transfers from one parent to the other.

Understanding custody in Georgia

In Georgia, there are two types of child custody. Legal custody identifies which parent will make decisions on behalf of a child. Physical custody identifies which parent's residence will be the primary residence of the child. Both of these forms of custody can be awarded to only one parent or to both parents equally.

It is also important to note that children 14 and older can request which home they wish to live at. Even if this happens, both parents may still need to interact together, making good co-parenting skills as relevant as when children are younger.

Recommendations for parents

People who get divorced should always consult with an attorney. This is especially important when children are involved.

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