Co-parent Coaching

Get help creating your parenting plan when you begin or revisit your co-parenting journey from someone who’s been there and done that with success! Raise happy kids and reclaim your happiness.

Together or separate, all sessions are virtual. Get help today!

Teresa Harlow Co-parenting Coach

Get Help Creating or Updating Your Parenting Plan

A solid parenting plan is the foundation on which collaborative co-parenting is built. But the hard part isn’t filling in all the sections. For parents in the throes of divorce, the difficulties stem from all the emotion, fear, and unknown swirling around your journey as a divorced parent. Amidst all this, it can be tough to focus on what is important, keep your composure, and make decisions rationally between the two of you. That is where I come in.

I can help bring calm to the chaos and get divorced parents focused on the common ground you share—Raising happy, healthy, caring children while also achieving personal happiness. Sound impossible?

I get it. Being “co anything” with your former partner may be the last thing you want to do. But here’s the reality. Like it or not, you are tied to your child’s other parent for the rest of your life through your kids. So wouldn’t it be better to figure out how to minimize conflict and set both of you up to be the best parents you can be?

Still not sure if co-parenting is something you can do? Then schedule time to talk with me and I’ll share with you how we’ll accomplish it together.

Together or separate, all sessions are virtual. Get help today!

Create a New Parenting Plan

A good parenting plan does more than cover all the right parenting topics. It also clarifies expectations and commitments. It is forward-thinking without attempting to predict every possible future scenario. Instead it provides guidance when flexibility is needed by establishing rules you and your co-parent will follow when handling exceptions, changes, and disagreements.

A well-thought-out co-parenting plan provides you and your co-parent with a tool to use down the road. It serves as a reference when you forget what was decided. It is a tangible reminder of the commitments you make to each other and to your children. And it can be used to get things back on track if they go off the rails and keep you out of court down the road.

Most family courts in the U.S. require parents to submit a parenting plan, sometimes called the Parenting Agreement, along with their divorce or dissolution paperwork filed with the court.

Parenting Plan Sections We’ll Tackle

  • Parenting Schedule
  • Decision Authority
  • Living Arrangements
  • Financial Support
  • Communication
  • Health Care
  • Education
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Childcare
  • Travel expectations
  • Special Circumstances such as military deployment, long-distance parenting, children with special needs, extended family considerations, and anything else unique to your family scenario

Teresa will virtually coach you together with your co-parent OR separately through the process to ensure that all aspects of your parenting plan are covered and all concerns are resolved.

Update an Existing Parenting Plan

While your initial parenting plan laid out the expectations and commitments you would keep as your co-parenting journey unfolds, it is impossible to predict the future. Frankly, it’s not even a valuable exercise to attempt to plan for every possible change that may or may not even happen throughout the course of your child’s upbringing. Children evolve. Parents remarry. Careers often change. And sometimes we simply come to realize that what we thought would work for us doesn’t.

Major Life Changes May Spur the Need to Update Your Parenting Plan

If you have remarried, moved, changed careers or experienced other major life changes, or if it has been more than three years since you created your initial parenting plan, it may be time to revisit it and determine if updates are needed. This need not involve an expensive or complicated legal process. Teresa will provide you with direction and referrals to qualified professionals who can formally file and record your changes with the family courts for you.

Update Your Parenting Plan If Your Existing Plan Isn’t Working

A Parenting Plan is only as good as the adherence to it. But right or wrong, parents don’t always stick to the plan. If one or more of you are either unable or unwilling to comply with your existing plan, that doesn’t mean you should give up on the idea of having a plan. You may benefit from revisiting it and making changes to align it with your reality.

The best laid plans don’t always work in real life. And when this is the case, rather than beating each other up with a plan that doesn’t work, why not take another run at it and come up with something that everyone can agree to given the present circumstances.

Steps to Updating An Existing Parenting Plan

  1. Review all sections of the existing plan with each parent and identify problem areas and updates needed
  2. Facilitate the sharing of these concerns between parents
  3. Discuss options
  4. Reconcile differences
  5. Update the existing plan
  6. Provide guidance and referral to a professional for court filing preparation

Teresa will virtually coach you together with your co-parent OR separately through the process to ensure that all aspects of your parenting plan are covered and all concerns either parent has are resolved.

Let's Chat

Need help overcoming obstacles and getting better business results from your teams? Or maybe you need help with a difficult co-parenting or family relationship. Send Teresa a message or give her a call to find out how she can help. We’d love to hear from you!