How can I make Shared Care work?

Updated: Aug 17, 2019

Click the image below for my second Q&A video - all about the 7 Factors That Influence the Success of Shared Care Parenting Arrangements:


Hi everyone, it's Shona here from, and I'm here to answer all of your questions about mediation, co-parenting and conflict.

Today's questions is "How do I make Shared Care arrangements work for myself, and my co-parent, and my children?"

Did you know that there are seven factors that research has shown influence the success of more Shared Care Parenting Arrangements over time?

These are things that you can do if you're already in a Shared Care arrangement but also if Shared Care is something that you want to work towards in the future, these are things that you can work on to increase the chances of a successful arrangement when you get to that.

I'm going to run through these seven factors quite quickly today and we can build on those in the next few weeks. Maybe if you find one of them really interesting or helpful, you could let me know in the comments and we can address that in more detail if you want.

So here's a quick run-down:

  • Number one is your availability for day-to-day activities.

  • Number two is your current relationship with your child.

  • Number three is your work arrangements or your flexibility at work.

  • Number four is your level of cooperation and communication with your co-parent.

  • Number five is the distance between your two homes.

  • Number six is your financial situations, and whether they're somewhat equal or whether there's a disparity between the two.

  • And number seven is whether both parents want your shared parenting arrangement to work.

I'm going to talk about these factors more as I go along, so stay tuned, and remember to ask me in the comments any other questions that you want to ask, and let me know what's helpful for you.

I'll see you next time.

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