Communicating with your co-parent: How to make it effective

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2024 | Family Law And Divorce

Communication is a crucial part of raising a child after a divorce. In Indiana, co-parents should keep each other informed about their home and work addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. If one changes any of this information, they should tell the other in writing. Further, co-parents should update each other about all matters concerning the child.

Poor communication between co-parents can lead to conflicts that can negatively impact the child. Below are three tips for effective co-parenting communication

Communicate at reasonable times and places

It’s crucial to contact your co-parent at reasonable times unless circumstances require otherwise. For example, if you are unable to be present at the time of exchange, which means someone else will drop off your child, let your co-parent know about this in advance if possible. 

Additionally, it’s essential to be mindful of the location you choose to talk to your co-parent. Some places may be inconvenient or inappropriate for some conversations, particularly those that need both of you to be fully present and focused.

Your child should not pass on information

Communicating through your child can affect your co-parenting experience, and your child may be exposed to sensitive information. You and your co-parent should communicate and exchange documents directly. 

Have a regular schedule for communication

Choosing to communicate on a particular day and time ensures each party makes themselves available with the information they need to relay at hand. For example, you can pick Thursday nights or can switch it up every week. 

During these meetings, respect your co-parent, control your emotions and listen to them attentively.

Communication can determine your co-parenting experience. You and your co-parent should aim to improve your communication to raise your child successfully in two homes.