Separation with your partner is certainly one of the most difficult times of your life. After separation, disagreements over parenting or/and financial matters is most common, especially because there are a lot of emotions involved. These disagreements can cause a great deal of conflict which is unhealthy for you and for the children.
It is easier said than done, to have your emotions aside while making decisions with regards to finances or parenting, after separation. However, there are avenues and courses available for people who have separated and are struggling to co-parent while living apart i.e. Parenting After Separation Program or Keeping Kinds in Mind, separated parents who are unable to deal with their emotions i.e. Circle of Anger or Managing Anger or even follow through the Orders made by the Court or agreed between your partner and yourself i.e. Parenting Order Program.
These courses assist you in developing a child-focussed approach, which is all you need on your coparenting journey, as you learn to parent together while living apart. Apart from that, these courses help you recognise and minimise conflicts while making decisions. You might neglect to notice, but children are also greatly affected/impacted. Groups are also run for children to help them deal with feelings and experiences associated with their parent’s separation i.e. Our Kids.
Also, there are courses and coaching available for parents are who are unprepared for facing the challenges of the legal process, particularly preparation for Court, or to have the best chance of coming to suitable agreements in Mediation i.e. Court and Mediation Readiness for Separating Parents. Prior preparation is essential but most of the times, emotions such as stress, anger, fears, ego and insecurity can get in the way, while making important decisions.
A few of the organisations that provide courses after separation are Relationships Australia (1300 364 277), Anglicare (02 9895 8144), Uniting Counselling & Mediation (02 8830 0700), and Catholic Care (13 18 19).
If you are struggling after separation and require any legal assistance, please feel free to contact us on 02 8917 8700, we can assist in directing you to the most appropriate course suitable for you and also assist in resolving the matter amicably and expeditiously.