You have found yourself on the other side of separation from an abusive ex-partner and are wondering what is next. In the best of circumstances, separation and divorce is tough. In the worst of circumstances, such as leaving an abusive relationship and particularly if you share children with your ex, you will end up in situations where you have to interact. Here is some brief information and internet resources on how to navigate this situation for yourself and your children in the best way.
Co-Parenting or Parallel Parenting?
In a perfect world, a couple can separate and continue to peacefully and amicably work as co-parents to raise their children. In cases of abuse, however, this is considered inappropriate. National Domestic Violence Hotline has recent research published, which boldly states that interactions such as couple’s counseling is contraindicated for survivors.