FOX 11 parenting contributor: Co-parenting tips after divorce

"Brangelina" once looked like the picture perfect family. But this week, with the announcement of Angelina Jolie filing for divorce, the family of eight is now headed toward a new family reality.

Many families find themselves in this same situation, but how can you get through it without unnecessary angst and turmoil?

When parents choose to co-parent amicably, children can have stability and close relationships with both parents--but it's rarely easy.

According to Laura Wasser, Angelina Jolie's divorce attorney, parents know their kids best. Parents should try to figure out the new family plan outside of court. It's the first step toward finding happiness as a family again.

"We are at the mercy of the courts, be the master of your own destiny, it doesn't have to be that way, figure out a way to make it better for you and your family and move on to the next stage," Laura Wasser said, divorce attorney for Angelina Jolie.

Co-Parenting Tips:

-Parent roles vs. non- parent roles. Keep it simple and don't confuse the two roles.
-No negative comments about your ex-spouse.
-What are we teaching our kids? Remember the children are watching.
-Keep family traditions, vacations.

You can find Donna Tetreault at, Facebook and Twitter @donnatetreault.

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