Whether you are the custodial parent or the non-custodial parent, getting divorced in Arizona can change a lot of things. Divorce is almost always emotional, and it can be so hard for parents to transition as parents after the divorce. You may have less contact, be living apart, be working more hours, or even just be struggling with your own emotional burdens, and this can wreck relations with your children for years to come. As Phoenix divorce lawyers, we're often faced with parents asking how to do it "right."
How Can I Be a Great Parent after a Phoenix Divorce?
The unfortunate truth is that there is no single answer to the question. Depending on your situation, your existing relationship with your kids, and your evolving relationship with your now ex-spouse, the answer will probably combine a number of things – and you probably won't get it "right" overnight. Building strong parental relationships after divorce is a process, and you'll probably make at least a few mistakes. The most important things to remember, though, are:
- Keep communicating.
- Don't rant about the other parent if the kids are listening.
- Encourage your child to build a relationship with the other parent.
- Stay involved in your kids’ lives.
- Do what you say you will.
Ultimately, keeping your focus on your kids, being willing to compromise, and approaching the situation with parental love is probably the best way to approach post-divorce parenting.
If you need help with legal issues surrounding divorce or child custody in Phoenix, speak with our skilled Phoenix divorce lawyers today at 1-888-929-5292. We are compassionate, experienced Phoenix family law attorneys who can help you plot the best course of action and work toward a solution. If you'd like more information about who we are and what we do, request your completely free copy of our book, Arizona Family law - How to Handle Tough Issues in Tough Times.