In many states, including here in Illinois, there is a growing consensus that kids often do better after divorce if they can maintain frequent contact with both parents. Sometimes, this means awarding joint custody. Sometimes, it means giving the non-custodial parent significant visitation rights.
In either case, the two parents need to find a way to put differences aside in order to continue parenting their child or children after divorce. This is not easy to do, nor is it always possible (it takes commitment on both sides). In today's post, we'll discuss two similar but distinct methods of parenting after divorce: co-parenting and parallel parenting.