Ending a relationship does not necessarily mean you’ve seen the last of your partner. You may need to consult with him or her as you raise any children the two of you share. In some cases, co-parenting can be amicable. In other situations, it may be challenging to determine clear lines of communication. Even simple decisions, like who will take a child to get a haircut, can turn into an argument between separated or divorced parents.
While it may be difficult to avoid disagreements with the other parent, you may be able to reduce the likelihood of a toxic relationship by drafting a parenting agreement. This document can outline shared parenting duties, as well as indicate how to address and resolve any disagreements that may arise.