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What it takes to make co-parenting successful

On Behalf of | Aug 12, 2023 | Child Custody & Parenting Time

Parents break up for many reasons. Yet, despite their differences, the one thing most parents have in common is they only want what is best for their children. Since kids usually benefit when both parents are involved in their lives, many Colorado parents choose to co-parent after they separate. Here’s how to make this type of child custody arrangement a successful one. 


Effective communication between parents is one of the most important parts of a co-parenting arrangement. As tempting as it is to ignore calls or texts from an ex-spouse, always be willing to respond, communicate and cooperate accordingly. When the kids see their parents can communicate respectfully, they will often follow suit. 

Stick to the parenting schedules 

Once parenting arrangements and schedules are set, stick to them and don’t deviate. Adhering to a set schedule will not only help with time management, but it will also give the children a sense of security. Parents who frequently change their schedules or cancel parenting time are doing a disservice to their children. 

The children come first 

Always remember the children and their needs are the top priority. Issues will inevitably arise among co-parents but never let these problems affect relationships with the children. Leave the past relationship where it belongs: in the past. Making the children’s security and well-being the focus is the key to successful co-parenting. 


During stressful times, it can be very helpful to have someone to talk to. Close friends, religious leaders and support groups can be great resources for emotional support when things get tough. Child custody laws in Colorado can get complex and may be confusing. Parents who have questions about any aspect of child custody could get clarity by speaking with a knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney.