Shawn H. Heffernan & Associates, P.C.
Call Today For A Free Consultation 708-263-4574

Mistakes divorced parents can make when co-parenting teens

Divorce is not easy for anyone involved, but it might be especially difficult for teenagers who are already going through their own struggles as they navigate the waters of adolescence. On top of dealing with physical and hormonal changes that can be stressful for a young person, handling divorce can shake up a teen's world.

Some teenagers adapt well and do their best to respect their parents. However, some teens see it as an opportunity to get their way and turn to tactics such as manipulation and lying. A bulletproof co-parenting plan can go a long way toward making sure a teen's life stays stable in the wake of a divorce, and stability often breeds better behavior.

Keeping the lines of communication open is one way divorced parents can make sure they are handling their teens well. Ex-spouses should always communicate about their children's lives. A person should never assume that his or her ex knows everything he or she knows, especially when it comes to friends. Friends can be a major influence on a teenager, and both parents should know a teen's friends well to make sure they are good influences.

Parents should also maintain flexibility in their schedules to prevent undue conflict between themselves and their children. Flexibility means a teen will not have to juggle spending time with both of his or her parents while trying to focus on school, friends and other activities. A willingness to be flexible will relieve much of a teenager's stress, making things easier on everyone. A stressed teen is one who is more likely to turn to risky behaviors.

Individuals who are considering divorce may wish to consult with a lawyer who has child custody experience. An attorney may help parents come to an agreement that is in their children's best interests.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email us for a Response

Get My Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Did you enjoy
working with us?

Review Us

Orland Park Office
15127 S. 73rd Avenue, Suite H2
Orland Park, IL 60462

Phone: 708-263-4574
Fax: 708-342-0679
Orland Park Law Office Map

Oakbrook Terrace Office
One Lincoln Centre
18W140 Butterfield Road 15th Floor
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Phone: 708-263-4574
Fax: 708-342-0679
Map & Directions