Have you ever heard the term “parallel parenting?” Although it is not necessarily a new child custody and parenting plan concept, many people are not familiar with this idea.
As you probably know, co-parenting children after divorce comes with many challenges. You must coordinate with your co-parent to benefit your kids while also trying to avoid conflicts. If you or your spouse has a bold or aggressive personality, the challenges that come with co-parenting are even harder to overcome.
Our law firm believes in developing creative parenting solutions for common child custody issues. Parallel parenting is one such solution that can offer you and your children several benefits.
What is parallel parenting?
In many post-divorce relationships, keeping contact to a minimum has been shown to reduce hostility between co-parents sharing child custody. Parallel parenting is effective in minimizing interaction between parents. By its nature, it also minimizes arguments and conflicts that are harmful to the children of divorce.
How does it work?
Unlike traditional plans, parallel parenting allows each person to choose how to parent their children during their time together. Parents essentially detach from one another as much as possible. For example, they do not attend child-related events and functions together. Instead, they attend separately or perhaps take turns.
What are the main benefits of parallel parenting?
Besides the significant reduction of parental hostility and conflict, especially around the kids, parallel parenting can also:
- Increase feelings of security and safety for children
- Help children cope with divorce better
- Allow co-parents the time and space they need to eventually switch to traditional co-parenting plans
If you believe parallel parenting will benefit your family, ask an attorney for more details. You can also learn more about child custody in New Hampshire by continuing to review our web content.