After a divorce, co-parenting is often the most difficult challenge you will face. You want to spend as much time as possible with your children, but you realize that your ex-spouse has the same goals.

With a parenting agreement in place, it’s easy to understand your legal rights to parenting your child after a divorce. However, this doesn’t always tell the whole story in regards to co-parenting.

Here are five co-parenting tips that can help improve your situation:

  • Be flexible with schedules: There will be times when your ex needs to change their schedule. There may also be times when you need to do the same. Flexibility can help.
  • Don’t turn everything into a fight: Pick and choose your battles, as fighting about everything won’t do anyone any good.
  • Communicate: You don’t have to go overboard, but regular communication is a must. Find something that works and stick with it.
  • Don’t get in the way: When your children are spending time with their other parent, you should respectfully keep your distance.
  • Do what’s best for your children: Even if it’s not what you want to do, you can never go wrong when you do what’s best for your children.

It’s not always easy to follow these five co-parenting tips, but doing so can greatly improve your situation.

If you continue to follow the parenting agreement, but come to find that your ex doesn’t do the same, you may need to take legal action. Child custody matters are nothing to take lightly, so it’s important to do whatever you can to protect your rights.