When it comes to raising children after a divorce, there are many ways to go about the situation. Generally, parallel parenting is designed for exes who endured a high-conflict divorce and cannot co-parent in a more traditional manner. Through parallel parenting, you and your former spouse can raise your children with minimal interactions and communication with one another. Keep reading to learn more about it and if it is right for your situation.
Should I Consider Parallel Parenting?
If you and your ex-spouse are harboring a lot of resentment due to the divorce, you may have a difficult time with a traditional co-parenting plan and would benefit from parallel parenting. It is important to note that parallel parenting is not designed to be permanent due to the amount of communication it lacks. Instead, it will give you and your ex the time you need to heal, reduce tension, and rebuild trust between each other.
Although parallel parenting allows parents to interact as little as possible, it does not impact how often the children are able to see their parents. With an effective parallel parenting plan, your children will be able to see both you and their other parent without creating a situation where you will feel forced to get along. Moreover, with so little communication, you can avoid creating a tense and hostile environment for your children.
If you decide that a parallel parenting plan is right for you, keep in mind that you will need to revisit your plan in a year or two to assess if it is still right for your children. Depending on how well you and your ex have been able to move past the unpleasantries of your divorce, you may be able to opt for a more collaborative approach to raising your children.
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