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An important step for successful co-parenting

Thousands of marriages across Indiana and the United States end in divorce every year. Plenty of these marriages have children involved, and in the aftermath of divorce co-parenting is necessary.

In a perfect world, all divorced couples would be able to co-parent successfully, but some may encounter problems along the way.

If you are trying to work through co-parenting with an ex-spouse, it is important to keep the kids front-and-center and use that to drive your decision-making. According to Oprah Magazine, one of the most important things you can do to co-parent successfully is to heal yourself.

Try to view the relationship as having been completed and in the past, as opposed to viewing it as a failure. This will help you view the marriage in a more positive light and help you move forward. Remembering the love that you used to have for your ex-spouse may also help you re-frame this new chapter in your life.

Of course, in some situations, it is not realistic to have positive thoughts about a past marriage, particularly if the relationship ended extremely badly. If this is the case, try to re-frame the current situation as a business-like arrangement that centers around the kids.

Perhaps you have either had a boss or a client you did not enjoy working with. But you were able to make it work for a certain amount of time due to your professional approach. It is possible to frame the relationship with your ex-spouse in these terms as well.