Co-parenting generally exists with any post-divorce parenting arrangement, regardless of its technical designation. When each parent is involved in raising the child in any capacity, the parents are “co-parenting.” Most effective co-parenting arrangements will result in the following interpersonal dynamics between the parents: communication, consistency, compromise, and communication. This post-divorce relationship with regard to child-rearing evolves over time and with child-focused parents, can succeed rather well.

Cooperative parenting (co-parenting) is the style used by families in which conflict is low and parents effectively communicate about their child. It is generally regarded as the most healthy outcome for the children and the parents. There is generally agreement on most parenting values, consistency in parenting styles, and debates/conflicts about the child(ren)’s lives are few.


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