There are many reasons to try to make your marriage work, including your children. But if you’re unable to make progress, there may come a point when you have no choice but to consider divorce.

If you’re heading down this path, it’s critical that you do your part in preventing mistakes that will complicate the process.

Here are some of the common mistakes parents make when divorcing:

  • Putting their children in the middle: Your divorce is between you and your spouse. Yes, it will affect your children, but that’s no reason to put them in the middle. A common example is belittling your imminent ex-spouse to your children. Not only does this harm your children, but it adds tension to your relationship with your ex.
  • Neglecting to create a detailed parenting plan and visitation schedule: You’re so anxious to get through your divorce that you rush through this process, assuming that everything will work out in the long run. This is a mistake, as your parenting plan and visitation schedule will guide what you can and can’t do post-divorce as it pertains to your children.
  • Looking down on co-parenting: Even if you’re going through a messy divorce, you shouldn’t look down on co-parenting to the point of not wanting to give it a try. If you want what’s best for your children, you’ll do whatever you can to get along with your ex so that you can successfully co-parent. Yes, this means compromising every now and again, but it’s critical to the well-being of your children.
  • Waiting too long to budget for the future: Your personal finances have a big impact on how you raise your children. As soon as you decide to divorce, turn some of your attention to creating a budget. This will help you make decisions regarding where to live, what you can provide your children with and if you need to seek new employment.

These are the types of mistakes you want to avoid as a parent when moving through the divorce process.

When you prepare accordingly and have knowledge of your legal rights, you’ll be confident in your ability to make all the right moves.

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