There are many reasons a marriage breaks down, but chances are, by the time things get to that point, the individuals may not be too fond of each other. When children are a part of divorce in Ontario, their best interests must always be at the forefront, and that means reigning in the desire to badmouth the other parent in front of them. Co-parenting can be challenging, but when parents agree on one fundamental issue -- that their kids' feelings come first -- the likelihood of saying disparaging things in front of them may dissipate.
It may be easier said than done since divorce can be filled with anxiety, anger, sadness and disbelief, depending upon the issues that were instrumental in causing the divorce. It may take some time, but when parents can find a way to communicate positively when it comes to their children, everyone will be better for it. It will not only be better for the adults' mental health, but for the children's as well.
Children who are around the age of 3 or older are very cognizant of what's going on around them and of what is being said. Underestimating a child in this respect may be one of the most profound errors divorced parents make. Children are like little sponges. They soak everything up.
There are so many issues entrenched in divorce, and co-parenting is one of them. An Ontario lawyer is able to provide family law tools to clients to help them move forward. A comprehensive co-parenting plan may be integral for positive co-parenting moving forward, and a lawyer can offer help and advice in this regard as well as steer a client toward finding help from other sources, such as from family therapists or psychologists.