Kathleen Coughlin, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Kathleen offers co-parenting, family mediation, reunification counseling, and behavioral health consulting.
During a separation or divorce, communicating with the other parent may feel challenging. In these situations, the use of a Coparent Counselor, Parenting Coordinator, or Family Mediator may be a supportive solution. Communication is the most important aspect of being able to co-parent effectively. With the help of a professional, both parents may be able to come up with mutually agreeable decisions.
Stress, relationship issues, separation, or divorce inevitably bring up a wide range of emotions (grief, anger, guilt, sadness, loss, confusion) and more. Coparent Counseling is available to provide support and guidance to you and your family during this time. Each family member will be impacted by the separation or divorce differently. Divorcing parents sometimes seek out their own individual counseling in their quest to do what is right for their children.
“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 your children. But when emotions are high parents sometimes become unwilling to compromise with one another. Practicing the skills of communication and compromise is in the best interest of your children. Children are the ones that struggle the most when they are placed in the middle of parental conflict. By practicing positive coparenting, your children will be able to feel love and support from both parents.
Parents that can put aside their personal differences, can implement a parenting plan that is in the best interest of their children. Placing decision-making in 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 the conflict continues. By implementing the 4 C's of Coparenting - Communication, Cooperation, Compromise, and Consistency, you will help your children adjust to their new family structure easier.