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The advantages of parallel parenting in high-conflict divorces

Divorcing Georgia couples may wonder how they can create a healthy environment for their children if they are unable to get along. A strong co-parenting relationship is the ideal situation, but this is not always possible. In some cases, parents simply have too much conflict to communicate and cooperate in the way that is necessary to successfully raise their kids together.

However, they can still share custody or allow the noncustodial parent visitation time by becoming parallel parents. The idea behind parallel parenting is to remove the possibility of conflict by having no direct contact between the parents. According to research, the most harmful aspect of a divorce is the conflict children witness between their parents, so parallel parenting allows them to eliminate this problem regardless of their feelings toward one another.

High-conflict parents will need a very specific, structured plan. They also need to work out how they will share necessary information. This could involve sharing calendars or communicating only by email. While co-parents work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect for one another, the challenge for parallel parents is to set aside the need to control each other. As the years pass and children get older, parallel parents might shift toward more of a co-parenting relationship if some of their negative feelings toward one another have changed.

Whether they are better suited to parallel parenting or co-parenting, parents may struggle through child custody negotiations. Neither parent may want to give up time with their child, but they may be happier with a custody schedule they create themselves than one that a judge creates. Attorneys can help with negotiations, and all communication can go through them for parallel parents who do not wish to have contact with one another during this time.

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