Going through a divorce can leave you feeling spent and exhausted both mentally and emotionally. You likely want to do anything and everything in your power to make it easier not only on yourself but on your child as well.
Fortunately, there are certain steps you can take that will help you achieve this. Cooperation serves as one of them, despite how often overlooked such a simple step happens to be.
Benefits for you and your co-parent
Psychology Today examines the ways that cooperation can help a couple through divorce. Not only does it serve as a benefit for you and your co-parent, but it can also help your child. For the two of you, it serves as a way to ensure no one ends up slighted. Parental alienation is a real concern of many divorcing couples, but working together allows you to keep an eye on each other.
Talking to your child together rather than one-on-one also lets you decide what you will discuss in advance. You can predict what questions they may ask and figure out how you want to answer them. You can also get any arguing out of the way in advance, which lets you seem less volatile and unreliable than if you were to argue in front of your child.
How it helps your child
As for your child, cooperation between co-parents provides a sense of stability and comfort. Many children feel as though they can rely on their parents more when they work together through a divorce. Since many fears about divorce center around the instability and uncertainty of a new future, any amount of predictability and reliability works in their advantage.