Kathleen Coughlin, LCSW & Ocean Vista Counseling offer coparenting support, counseling, and consulting services for children and families. Divorce inevitably brings up a wide range of emotions, which may include grief, anger, guilt, sadness, loss, and confusion to name a few. Each family member will experience different feelings, but everyone is struggling with the transition in a different way. Our practice would welcome the opportunity to provide coparenting support and guidance to your family.
Divorcing parents can access professional coparenting support in their quest to do what’s right for their children. Communication is the most important aspect of being able to effectively coparent. In divorce situations communicating with the other parent may feel challenging. With the help of a professional, it can be easier. When a divorce or separation occurs, resentment may build up due to the failed marital relationship. For some parents, it may become too difficult to put these differences aside in order to communicate effectively. In these situations, the use of a Coparent Counselor, Parenting Coordinator, or Family Mediator can be an excellent solution.
“This is probably one of the most difficult challenges any parent could face – learning to love the other parent enough to make the children first.”
– Iyanla Vanzant
As parents it is important to not lose sight of the best interest of the children. But when emotions are high parents sometimes become unwilling to compromise with one another. Our counselors provide coparenting supports, which encourage parents to look at their ability to compromise as a strength and not as a weakness. Children are the ones that struggle the most when they are placed in the middle of parental conflict. For instance, practicing positive parenting, will allow the children to receive care, love, and support from both parents.
When both parents are able to put aside their personal differences, they can implement a parenting plan that is in the best interest of the children. Placing decision making into the hands of the court is not always in the best interest of your family. For Instance, court and attorney fees can grow year after year if conflict continues. By implementing the 4 C's of Coparenting - Communication, Cooperation, Compromise, and Consistency, this will help your children adjust to their new family structure.