Planning for Parenting After the Split
Becoming a single parent can present a bevy of single-parent problems. Knowing what to expect after divorce can help you prepare to meet those challenges head on.
You will be handling a lot of the parenting tasks you used to, only now you will be doing this alone. It is very easy to get overwhelmed in this scenario. Know that you are not alone. Facing single-parenthood is one of the toughest parts of a divorce. But, knowing what to expect may help you smoothly transition into this new role, able to conquer whatever single-parent problems come your way.
Your parenting responsibilities will still be shared if you share custody with your spouse. This doesn’t mean those responsibilities will be equally shared. There are some things you may have to face on your own simply because your spouse won’t always be there. You will be solely responsible for your child when they are with you. You will have to make some decisions using your own best judgment. A good way to make sure the parenting responsibilities are balanced is to work with your spouse on creating a solid separation agreement and plan for raising your child. Here is where you can try to cover your bases for all the predictable issues of raising a child. Your child’s health and well-being during and after the divorce will hinge on how well you and your spouse plan for co-parenting.
Also, make sure you secure reliable, quality childcare. Your spouse should be given the option to watch your child if he or she is able, but having a trusted childcare professional handy can ensure you can take time off for yourself without having to rely on your ex’s availability. This is essential to fight the stress single-parenthood can bring.
Single-parent problems don’t have to be insurmountable. There are resources out there to help you. Speak with an experienced Massachusetts divorce mediator if you need information and guidance on creating a solid parenting plan and custody arrangement for your child. The prep work you put into this task during the divorce will help you down the road as you raise your child.
If you have questions about co-parenting after divorce, contact Mediation Advantage Services for expert family law help. Experienced in divorce mediation, Polly A. Tatum can guide you and your spouse through the process of mediation, helping you plan for your child’s future well-being. Based in historic Worcester with a satellite office in Northboro, MA, our firm serves all cities and towns throughout Massachusetts and Worcester County including, Auburn, Paxton, Leicester, Sutton, Grafton, Shrewsbury, Westboro, Northboro, Southboro, Holden, Sterling, Princeton, Worcester, Charlton, Millbury, Dudley, Spencer, Brookfield, Sudbury, Natick, Framingham, Hopkinton, Milford, Blackstone, Leominster, Fitchburg, Acton, Jefferson, Barre, Oakham, Cambridge, Newton, Marlboro, Lancaster, Bolton, and Hudson. Call our office at 508-795-1557, fill out our online form, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org today to schedule your Complimentary Mediation Success Planning Session. You can also sign up for our eNewsletter or download our free e-book for more information regarding divorce in Massachusetts.