Most divorcing parents are ill-prepared for the changes, concessions and compromises that accompany ending a marriage. It would be wrong to assume that the way things were before (i.e., sharing of responsibilities, decision making, involvement and finances) will remain the same following a separation. In many cases, under involved parents become more involved and in other cases, involved parents become less involved. In some unfortunate cases, some parents simply walk away from their parental involvement and responsibilities.
To help parents adjust to new parenting arrangements, there is an emerging specialty called “parenting and divorce coaching“. These individuals have professional backgrounds in psychology, family therapy or social work but more importantly, they are also trained and experienced in the areas of divorce, family dynamics and child development.