Many times parents that are separated have different parenting styles. There may be different views of everything from what snacks the children should eat, to bedtime, chores, discipline and homework. The challenges couples face as they adjust to their new “normal” and try to rebuild their lives are compounded when they are raising children together. As parents, these couples must still maintain a relationship. Maintaining a civil and cordial relationship in the mist of anger and bitterness is necessary for the upbringing of the children.

Communication is required to adequately co-parent. If face-to-face conversations are too difficult, parents may communicate by email to discuss medical needs, schooling issues, sports activities and other matters. When an emergency arises or there is an unexpected incident, conflicting parents need to work together to obtain a positive result for their children.