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Is Parallel Parenting the Solution When Co-Parenting Isn’t Possible?

Posted by Crissy Del Percio | Dec 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

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Parallel parenting can provide an effective solution for co-parenting challenges. We'll explore this approach in this article by exploring its differences from co-parenting, weighing its pros and cons, and explaining why hiring a divorce attorney might be important in your situation. Finally, we will offer actionable steps with engaging advice to assist with informed decision-making during a time when decisions need to be made quickly and without stress.


What is parallel parenting?

Parallel parenting may be a solution in situations when co-parenting is no longer an option, such as when one or both parents struggle to cooperate on a daily basis and share in childrearing duties equally. It aims to reduce conflict amongst the parents while still creating an ideal and structured environment for their children, even with their strained relationships.


What is the Difference between Co-Parenting and Parallel Parenting?

Co-parenting involves open communication and collaboration among parents. Parallel parenting takes a different approach by acknowledging any lack of cooperation by minimizing direct contact between them. Each parent takes care of his or her child separately.


What Are the Pros and Cons of Parallel Parenting?


  • With minimized interactions between ex-partners, parallel parenting reduces conflict.
  • Consistency is vital for children, having a regular, predictable routine provides stability and predictability.
  • Parents can make decisions independently and reduce negotiations by taking steps on their own.


  • Lack of communication between both parents can result in misinterpretations of information or missed details.
  • Independent decision-making could result in different parenting styles competing for supremacy.
  • This lack of parental involvement has serious repercussions for both parties involved, including potential emotional damage.


Why hiring a divorce attorney is preferable over proceeding without legal help?

Starting a divorce process on your own can be extremely risky, it requires professional guidance to be safe. Experienced divorce attorneys are essential in protecting your rights and helping guide you through the legal system.


When should an attorney be hired?

Know when it is essential and advantageous to hire an attorney when filing for divorce. In such situations as:

  • High Conflict: Legal assistance should be sought if your divorce involves high levels of conflict.
  • Complex Finances: Financial matters that require professional guidance require expert assistance.
  • Child Custody Warfare: To ensure the best outcome for your children, it's advisable to seek legal advice.


How can I select an experienced attorney?

As you select a lawyer, keep these criteria in mind to make an informed choice.

  • Experience: Seek attorneys with proven success in family law.
  • Communication Skills: An efficient lawyer should keep their client up-to-date and communicate effectively.
  • Customer Reviews: Reading customer testimonials and reviews to gauge client satisfaction.


Why Choose Drama-Free Divorce:

Drama-Free Divorce criteria align perfectly with those mentioned.

  • Experienced Professionals: Our attorneys possess extensive knowledge in family law.
  • Open Communication: We take great pleasure in maintaining open and honest communications with all of our clients.
  • Customers Satisfied: Our dedication to client satisfaction can be seen in the many testimonials praising us.


Suggestions for Action:

  • Evaluate Your Situation: Determine whether parallel parenting fits into your current circumstances.
  • Consider Legal Representation: Engaging legal help may make the process of divorce far simpler and more manageable.
  • Search For Attorneys: When looking for potential attorneys, make sure they can demonstrate an impressive track record.
  • Reach Out: Contact Drama-Free Divorce to arrange a consultation and discuss your requirements.
  • Make a Coparenting Plan: If you opt for parallel parenting, draw up an extensive plan for co-parenting.
  • Prioritize Your Children's Well-Being: Whatever approach you take, remember to put their wellbeing first throughout.

Parallel parenting provides an effective alternative to co-parenting that may not suit every parent, providing legal guidance and an organized strategy in parallel parenting ensures a smooth transition for you and your children during divorce proceedings. Contact us today at 816 615-5555 or send us an email on our Contact Page.

About the Author

Crissy Del Percio

Crissy Del Percio is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Additionally, she received her undergraduate degrees in Journalism (News and Information) and Communication Studies from the world-renowned home of the Jayhawks – the University of Kansas. She has been practicing law for a decade and spent the first part of her career specializing in helping low-income survivors of domestic violence. Now at Drama-Free Divorce, Crissy enjoys helping people consciously uncouple. She is also a Guardian Ad Litem and domestic mediator. Crissy has won a number of prestigious awards for her work in public service, but you likely recognize her from her acting career, where she is also an award-winner. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her egregiously overpriced dog, Augustus Rodham and knitting. 


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