Co-Parenting

Parenting after Divorce

Parenting can be challenging regardless of whether you are married or alone; let alone the demands and stress of raising a child on your own as a single parent.  We understand that juggling work and child care can be financially difficult especially when you have no or limited support and resources.  Nevertheless, you can still be a good and nurturing parent for your child with the help of tips from this article: Single parent? Tips for raising a child alone.

It breaks your children’s hearts to see both parents having conflicts and being hostile to each other.  Therefore, it is important to model for your children to be polite and gracious in your interactions with your ex-spouse.  Watching you being friendly to your ex-spouse can reassure children and teach them a life-skill that will go a long way

Remember and remind yourself of this:

Q:  What should you and your ex-spouse do to ensure your children fare best in divorce?
A:  Children who fare best in divorce have parents who continue to communicate on co-parenting issues, placing their children’s needs above their own desire to avoid the ex-spouse.

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Other than the mandatory parenting programme (provide link) for divorcing parents to attend before they can file for divorce, the Divorce Support Specialist Agencies (DSSAs) have programmes to help divorcing couples and their families.  The 4 DSSAs are:

  1. Care Corner Centre for Co-Parenting
  2. Thye Hua Kwan Centre for Family Harmony @ Commonwealth
  3. HELP Family Service Centre
  4. PPIS As-Salaam Family Support Centre

Speak to the DSSA counsellors or visit their websites to find out how they can assist you.

Care Corner Centre for Co-Parenting
Tel: 6747 2428
Email address: ccp@carecorner.org.sg
Address: Blk 21 Eunos Crescent, #01-2983, Singapore 400021
Operating Hours: (Consultation by appointment only)
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9am to 6pm
Thursdays, 9am to 9pm
Fridays & Saturdays, 9am to 6pm

Thye Hua Kwan Centre for Family Harmony @ Commonwealth
Tel: 6357 9188
Email address: cfh_dssa@thkmc.org.sg
Address: 54 Commonwealth Drive, #01-566, Singapore 142054
Operation Hours:
Wednesdays and Fridays, 9am to 6pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am to 9pm
Saturdays, by appointment only

HELP Family Service Centre
Tel: 6457 5188 (Weekdays, 9am to 6pm)
Address: Block 570, Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #01-3317, Singapore 560570

PPIS As-Salaam Family Support Centre
Tel: 6745 5862
Email address: as-salaam@ppis.sg
Address: Blk 322, Ubi Ave 1, #01-591, Singapore 400322

Despite the challenges, it is possible to develop a cooperative and amicable working relationship with your ex-spouse for the welfare of your children.  Believe in yourself that you have the strength and ability to help your children through the difficult transitions.  Make it a priority to work on your relationship with your ex-spouse.

YOU CAN.  Here’s how.

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