When you have children with someone, you become a team for life. You or your partner may switch to other teams or quit altogether, but ideal teammates or not, you are still a team for your child. It can be challenging enough to figure out how to gel as a parenting team when together, but once you’ve separated or divorced, it can be infinitely more difficult to keep the team spirit alive.

When I was still married to the father of my children, our major source of disagreement was parenting. In the final stages of our marriage, when I knew separation was likely in the cards for us, I remember feeling relieved at the thought that I would finally get to parent my way, even if it was only half of the time. Relief was just a separation away. This would be the silver lining of the end of my marriage, right?

I could not have been more wrong.

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Dr V