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Shared responsibilities are a key element of co-parenting, with both parents actively participating in decision-making.

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Co-parenting is a parenting approach that occurs when divorced or separated parents make a deliberate effort to work together in raising their children. It is based on the understanding that despite the end of their romantic relationship, both parents continue to play a vital role in their children's lives. Co-parenting focuses on creating a stable and supportive environment for the children, ensuring their well-being remains a top priority.


One of the key elements of co-parenting is shared responsibilities. Both parents actively participate in making decisions regarding their children's upbringing, including matters related to education, healthcare, extracurricular activities, and religious or cultural practices. By sharing the responsibilities, parents can provide a sense of continuity and consistency in their children's lives, regardless of the physical separation.


Effective communication is fundamental to successful co-parenting. Open and honest dialogue between parents helps ensure that important information about the children is shared promptly and accurately. This can involve regular check-ins, discussing schedules, addressing concerns, and sharing updates about the children's well-being. Establishing clear communication channels helps avoid misunderstandings and promotes a unified approach to parenting.


FL Families First - Offered by Dr. Cheryl Burke, PsyD, LMHC

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Note:Florida Family Court requires divorcing/separating couples with minor children to complete a DCF approved parenting class before finalizing their divorce. 


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