Even though your romantic relationship with your ex has ended, the fact is that your relationship as co-parents of your children will remain. Therefore, now is the time to work together to develop an effective co-parenting plan that works for both of you and is unique to your children’s best interests. An effective co-parenting plan can very well keep you out of court and place the responsibility for caring for your children with you and your ex rather than with a judge. Start with these practical tips:
1. Identify the key values that you share with your ex about how your children should be raised. For example, perhaps you and your ex agree that you each want to be positive role models for your children, or you both value self-respect and respect for others and want to impart this to your children.