Alberta family law: Shifting emotions for positive co-parenting

On behalf of Gary Kirk of Kirk Montoute Dawson LLP posted in Family Law on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Children seem to have an innate ability to sense tension. So, when their parents have divorced yet continue to co-parent them while still feeling animosity toward each other, children may bear the brunt of that stress. Family law in Alberta makes tools available for former spouses to be able to clear the air of angst and co-parent by helping individuals to let go of the negative emotions associated with splitting up.

Former spouses sometimes keep bringing up the issues that hurt them the most in their marriage. By shifting the focus away from the now former marriage and onto something that matters — like their children — the parents can deepen the bond they have with their kids. It would be healthier for the individuals involved and for their children if both parties look at what’s ahead instead of focusing on what has already transpired.

Co-parenting can take place in a harmonious environment. If the parents make the conscious decision to do what’s best for their children, they will let go of hard feelings and treat each other respectfully and civilly around their kids. If both individuals focus on what they’re doing well as co-parents, more positives will transpire, according to family mediators.

Letting go of the past is the greatest gift divorced parents can give their children. Focusing on their needs will help co-parents do just that. An Alberta family law lawyer can help his or her client to create a co-parenting plan that is right for each individual family dynamic. A lawyer most likely would be able to provide names of other individuals who may be able to help in these situations such as qualified counsellors.

Source:, “Nothing Changes Unless There’s An Emotional Shift In How You Co-Parent With Your Ex“, Anna Giannone, Oct. 23, 2017

Related Posts: Understanding home ownership and property rights in a divorce, Travelling without children during a family law dispute, Set boundaries and rules to protect kids from child custody drama, Protecting credit amidst a family law dispute