Living apart from your child's other parent can create an entirely new set of stressors in your life. Not only do you have to spend time apart from your child, but both parents have to trust that their exes, and any subsequent new partners, are on the same page when it comes to parenting. If only one parent has been the primary caregiver, and especially if there is anger and resentment present, it's important for parents to seek professional help in order to co-parent successfully after a separation or divorce. Looking into the ways couples therapy makes you better co-parents can allow you to maintain a healthy family structure, even when you are no longer living under the same roof.
In an interview with Psychology Today, psychologist Dr. Deborah Serani said co-parenting, also called joint parenting or shared parenting, is the experience of raising children as a single parent when separation or divorce occurs. Serani explained that co-parenting can be difficult and "is greatly influenced by the reciprocal interactions of each parent." For example, if you are following healthy parenting techniques, but your ex isn't, it can put your child at risk for developmental issues. Seeking the assistance of a professional can make a world of difference.
Here are four important way couples therapy can make you better co-parents.