Think about a marriage. How does a successful one work? Trust – of course. Honesty – that and trust are two peas in a pod. Communication – yes and that includes both listening and sharing. Anything else? The most important thing of course – respect. It is the foundation to any successful relationship. It is the same core mandate for married couples, business partners, friend, family and, to your potential surprise, separated or divorced spouses. It is the key to co-parenting.
What possibly could I be talking about? If respect was so important to a marriage and the marriage ended in a divorce, then clearly respect was lacking, right? How can I be so unreasonable to expect two separated or divorced couples to “respect” each other as part of the co-parenting? Especially in high-conflict divorce cases? I am not asking that. Rather, I ask each of you to respect the other’s role as a parent to the same children. [Read more…] about Co-Parenting Between Divorced Spouses Starts With Respect But Not of the Kind You May Think