Divorce can be a challenging and emotional journey, especially for parents. Amidst the turmoil, it is crucial to remember that the well-being of the children should always remain a top priority. Co-parenting peacefully after a divorce is not without its difficulties, but it is an essential aspect of ensuring a stable and loving environment for the children involved. At The Peterson Law Firm, we understand the complexities of co-parenting and are here to provide the guidance and support you need as experienced family law attorneys.

What is Successful Co-Parenting?

Successful co-parenting involves navigating the post-divorce landscape with open communication, mutual respect, and a focus on the best interests of the children. While it may vary for different families, at its core, successful co-parenting strives to create a positive and consistent environment for the children. This may involve shared decision-making, frequent communication about the children’s well-being, and maintaining a sense of routine and stability.

Levels of successful co-parenting can differ depending on the unique circumstances of each family. Some may find it possible to co-parent harmoniously with minimal conflict, while others may achieve success through structured communication methods and the assistance of professionals. Regardless of the level, the ultimate goal is to prioritize the children’s needs and ensure they feel loved and supported.

Should I Use a Co-Parenting App?

Using a co-parenting app can be a valuable tool for facilitating communication and organization between divorced parents. These apps provide a centralized platform for sharing schedules, important information, and messages related to the children.

Some benefits of using co-parenting apps include:

  • Improved Communication: Co-parenting apps offer a structured and documented way to communicate, reducing the risk of misunderstandings and conflicts.
  • Shared Calendar: Keeping track of parenting time, school events, and extracurricular activities becomes easier with a shared calendar, promoting consistency and reducing scheduling conflicts.
  • Documentation: Important information, such as medical records and school reports, can be easily shared and accessed through the app, ensuring both parents are well-informed.

Popular apps include OurFamilyWizard, TalkingParents, and 2Houses. Each app has unique features, so it’s essential to choose one that best suits your family’s needs.

Do’s and Don’ts of Co-Parenting in Arizona

Managing parenting time is just one aspect of parenting, however, many other aspects can lead to conflict. To help you and your ex-spouse navigate this challenging situation and build a healthy and successful co-parenting relationship, it’s best to adhere to some of these general rules.


  • Prioritize Open Communication: Encourage open and respectful communication with your co-parent. Keep each other informed about important events and changes related to the children’s lives.
  • Be Flexible and Cooperative: Flexibility is crucial in co-parenting. Be willing to accommodate reasonable requests and be open to compromise when necessary.
  • Respect Boundaries: Respect each other’s boundaries and decisions regarding parenting matters. Avoid criticizing or undermining each other’s parenting style.
  • Seek Professional Help When Needed: Recognize the importance of seeking professional assistance when facing challenges in co-parenting. Family counselors or therapists can provide valuable guidance to navigate difficulties effectively.


  • Avoid Using Children as Messengers: Refrain from using your children as messengers between you and your co-parent. Use direct communication to avoid burdening the children with adult matters.
  • Steer Clear of Conflict in Front of Children: Try to avoid arguments and conflicts in the presence of your children. Shield them from unnecessary stress and tension.
  • Don’t Withhold Information: Be honest and forthcoming with relevant information regarding the children. Sharing essential details about their well-being is crucial for successful co-parenting.
  • Don’t Refuse a Compromise: Co-parenting requires cooperation and compromise. Refusing to work together and find common ground can lead to unnecessary conflicts and negatively impact the children.

Navigating co-parenting after divorce can be challenging, but with dedication and cooperation, successful co-parenting is achievable. At The Peterson Law Firm, we will provide the legal guidance and support you need to ensure a positive co-parenting experience. 

Our experienced family law attorneys understand the importance of putting children first. We will work tirelessly to help you create a nurturing and stable environment for your children post-divorce. Contact us today for compassionate and knowledgeable legal representation to guide you through this journey. Remember, putting the children’s needs first can lead to a brighter future for all parties involved.


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