The major benefits of parallel parenting are the reduction/elimination of conflict between the divorced parents. Additionally, this should reduce any conflict involving the children or witnessed by the children.
- Adult Focused.
- Parents communicate only during emergencies or matters of an urgent nature relating to the children.
- Parents communicate in writing (email, text, etc) or via a third-party (NOT the children).
- Major decisions are communicated rather than discussed (unless prohibited by a court order).
- Households resolve day-to-day issues independently of one another. Each parent makes decisions about the child when s/he is in their household.
- Parents work separately with the best interests of the child in mind (as they perceive them).
- Transitions may involve substantial change for the child(ren) and exchanges may be done at a neutral location.
- Schedule is inflexible, few/no changes are made, a court-order typically dictates the exact schedule and deviations are rare. Parents need third-party direction.
- Parents individually responsible for own relationship with the child and direct any issues between child and other parent back to them.
- Nothing is planned or discussed that would impact on the other’s parenting time.