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Is parallel parenting right for you? 

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Family Law

There are no one-size fits all solution to a divorce. The end of a relationship can be difficult, especially when children are involved. Co-parenting can be challenging for parents who did not separate on good terms. In these cases, parallel parenting can offer a viable and healthy alternative. 

What is parallel parenting? 

Parallel parenting is a co-parenting strategy. Think of it as blocking your spouse in real life. Separated or divorced parents minimize contact with each other by communicating only through a legal representative or a dedicated channel. This kind of setup helps keep the peace while maintaining individual relationships with their children. 

How will I know if I need parallel parenting?  

It is essential to know that parallel parenting is different from co-parenting. Co-parenting involves a more collaborative approach where parents work closely together. How do you know if parallel parenting is the best option for your family? Here are some key factors to consider. 

  • High conflict: Parallel parenting provides parents with much-needed space. This arrangement is a remedy for parents whose conversations are consistently filled with disagreements, negativity or manipulation. 
  • Lack of trust: When trust breaks, it can be challenging to collaborate effectively. Keeping contact to a bare minimum allows parents to run separate households without intervention from one another. 
  • Limited presence: Part of parallel parenting is not attending meetings or functions together. This allows you to maintain separate households and routines, fostering a sense of stability for your children while minimizing the risk of further friction. 
  • Different parenting styles: Significant differences in approach to parenting methods can create tension and confusion for children. Parallel parenting allows each parent to implement their parenting style in their own environments. 

Despite the challenges, both parents share a goal: raising healthy and happy children. Parallel parenting might be the right choice if you believe it will lessen stress and conflict, creating a more peaceful and stable environment for your children. 

Navigating the legal process 

Parallel parenting can be a helpful strategy. However, it’s important to establish clear boundaries and expectations through a formal parenting plan. A parenting plan should outline custody arrangements, communication protocols and decision-making processes between you and your spouse.  

Consulting with a legal professional specializing in family law may help ensure your plan is comprehensive and legally sound. The most important thing is to prioritize the well-being of your children and choose an arrangement that reduces disputes to foster a stable and loving environment for them to thrive.