What is parallel parenting?

It is not unusual for there to be bad feelings between ex-spouses after divorce, particularly if the divorce involved millions of dollars. It is likely that there were serious problems inherent in the relationship before the divorce, and the amount of money spent on high-value divorces often causes tempers to flare even more.

However, if you happen to have children, no matter how many millions you spent on your divorce you are still in a partnership with your ex-spouse. In situations where ex-spouses cannot be in the same room without negative feelings, parallel parenting has become a popular option for efficient post-divorce parenting.

What is parallel parenting?

A traditional co-parenting arrangement involves both parents working together publicly for the good of the child. For instance, both parents may still attend a child’s violin recitals or pageant contests. They may even bring their new partners to these activities.

With parallel parenting, it is likely that one parent would take over everything having to do with the child’s musical education while the other parent would take over everything having to do with pageant contests. The parents would never be in the same place at the same time.

How is this beneficial?

The idea behind joint custody is that it serves the best interests of the child. However, if both of the child’s parents are constantly feuding while in the same room, this is not in the best interests of anybody. Parallel parenting allows the child equal access to both parents while shielding the child from the conflict.

It is also possible to create a more traditional co-parenting arrangement if tempers cool after time.