Do you have or anticipate having problems co-parenting during or after your divorce? Perhaps you have heard of Parenting Coordination, which is a court-ordered parenting assistance program for high-conflict families (providing accountability as well as communications with the judge and decision-making on limited matters, as needed). Of course, if you are considering Tampa Friendly Divorce – you are probably not a “high-conflict” family – but you may still want some assistance with co-parenting with your ex-spouse.
Recently, I had a chance to speak with Jeremy S. Gaies, Psy. D., co-author of Mindful Co-Parenting: A Child-Friendly Path Through Divorce, about options for Tampa Friendly Divorce clients who might benefit from assistance working through co-parenting issues but who do not need or want the structure and judicial oversight/accountability of a court-ordered program.
Dr. Gaies taught me about Co-Parenting Consultation as a viable option for those who need help working together as an effective co-parenting team. This process is voluntary and is intended for families who need support and guidance on how better to co-parent and reduce the conflict across two homes, thereby protecting your child(ren) during and after the divorce. The process: allows all members of the family to have their voices heard (including your child(ren)); teaches parents how to work better as a team, sharing strategies and tips to make parenting across two homes easier and less stressful for everyone; and enables parents to reach agreement on most matters related to the children.
If you are interested in learning more about Co-Parenting Consultation or would like to schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Gaies, you can reach him at email@example.com or 813-325-4721.