Parenting after divorce can be complicated, which is why many former couples are turning to co-parenting counseling. Co-parenting therapy helps parents address issues related to custody, which are caused by the parties’ separation and/or after the divorce is finalized. During these sessions, the parties can gain advice on how to better assist their children in adjusting successfully to the changes they are experiencing in their lives.
Co-parenting counseling is especially valuable where ex-spouses don’t get along and find it difficult to agree on the best course of action. In these situations, children are often left confused and conflicted. Similar to conventional therapy, co-parenting counseling can help parents find common ground. In the process, they explore their feelings and more fully understand how those emotions can impact their interactions. Skills taught include effective communication strategies, such as “I” messages, and negotiation strategies like proposals and counter proposals.
Co-parenting counseling is especially valuable where former couples are acrimonious and find it difficult to agree on decisions related to their children. In these situations, children are often left confused and conflicted. Similar to conventional therapy, co-parenting counseling helps parents find common ground. In therapy, the parties can express their feelings so they may more fully understand how their emotions impact their interactions with the other party. A co-parenting therapist can teach the parties effective communication strategies, such as “I” messages, and negotiation strategies to reach compromise when disagreements arise.
Co-parenting therapists focus heavily on helping parents understand their children’s feelings and often meet separately with the children to get insight into their specific needs. For children who participate early on in the process, the therapist may be able to help them process their thoughts and feelings related to the separation and divorce. For those children who have been aware of their parent’s separation for a significant time, a therapist may provide them with coping skills. Role playing is often part of the process.
So many aspects of parenting after a separation or divorce can be complicated. A top Bucks County divorce law firm will often be able to connect you with a variety of professionals to help guide you through the process, such as co-parenting therapists. Contact Williams Family Law at 215-340-2207 or email email@example.com if you would like to schedule a consultation.