Definition of co-parent in English:



[with object]often as noun co-parenting
  • (especially of a separated or unmarried couple) share the duties of bringing up (a child).

    • ‘Christopher A. Thurber, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who divides his time among Phillips Exeter Academy, corporate and camp consultation, and co-parenting his infant son.’
    • ‘My understanding is you and Andrew are still very close and co-parenting the girls.’
    • ‘Steve and I are really committed to co-parenting our kids and we're getting along great.’
    • ‘He had actively co-parented the children, two boys (a daughter was born to his brother in the United States).’
    • ‘The lack of communication between Mr. N.T. and Ms. B.T. has made co-parenting an impossibility.’
    • ‘Yet they will continue to be an integral part of each others’ lives, living in very close proximity, co-parenting, socialising and working together.’
    • ‘They're going to have to figure out how to parent, co-parent this child, because you don't want to set up an intergenerational system where this child is going to learn abuse is acceptable too.’
    • ‘If parents are having difficulty co-parenting, George suggests consulting a developmental psychologist to advocate on the baby's behalf, or waiting until the baby is older to introduce overnight visiting schedules.’
    • ‘Here, the parent dominates in part one, with chapters on mothering, fathers, co-parenting, single- and grand-parenting, as well as non-parent and sibling parenting.’
    • ‘We do a lot of, not co-parenting, but we try to support each other in our parenting for we're raising children that are loving and caring and environmentally aware, and know how to operate well in groups of people.’
    • ‘Yet under the term ‘open adoption’ lies an infinite range of choices from annual letters to weekly visits to full co-parenting.’
    • ‘Not to bring in the ‘best interests of the child’, but I do think that if you commit to co-parent with someone, you have some sort of duty not to teach the child that the group to which that parent belongs is inferior.’
    • ‘Parents need to be able to communicate with each other if they are to continue to co-parent after divorce and going through court does not encourage this.’
    • ‘This trial involved considerable evidence of the historical inability of the parties to co-parent within the parameters of the original consent order.’
    • ‘It entailed the development of a perspective that consistently views fathers as co-parents and attempts to promote and support a father's close engagement with his child (ren).’
    • ‘In some Scandinavian countries, co-parenting is promoted to the extent that employers work with each other in order to create alternate six-hour shifts for parents.’
    • ‘And he is asking a judge to intervene and force Kim to take some kind of parenting classes to understand what he says is the meaning of co-parenting.’
    • ‘I am not sure that sort of co-parenting is recognized under Canadian law.’
    • ‘Sandy's family was supportive of her relationship with Kerry and their co-parenting of Henry - until Sandy died, that is.’
    • ‘Also, male expectations about co-parenting are incredibly different [from what they were] twenty years ago.’


  • A person who co-parents a child.

    • ‘Perhaps of most importance is the recognition and treatment of fathers as full co-parents and as potential nurturers of children.’
    • ‘Such integration both depends on and fosters a view of fathers as full co-parents, as nurturers as well as providers.’
    • ‘Lesbian co-parents should not have to argue or justify themselves to gain information about their partner or child.’
    • ‘Simply because the co-parent was in a relationship with the biological parent did not mean that they were adopting ‘together,’ the Court concluded.’
    • ‘For these theorists, only a social arrangement that makes men and women exactly equal co-parents - at work precisely the same number of hours, and taking care of the children precisely the same number of hours - is acceptable.’
    • ‘Be prepared with copies of legal custody papers or even a simple notarized letter from the co-parent.’
    • ‘The items from the co-parent relationship variable asked expectant fathers about how much their parents agreed about child-rearing practices.’
    • ‘We've been together for 12 years, we have a family together, we're co-parents, and we're friends.’
    • ‘If fathers are increasingly viewed by early childhood programs as co-parents and core members of families of young children, what prevents their active engagement in the program and the lives of their children?’
    • ‘They also tend to view themselves as co-parents, having equal and interchangeable roles in developing nurturant, androgynous offspring.’
    • ‘After a date and time is selected, I explain the directions to my office and mention that if their co-parent or the adolescent wants to do so, they may phone me prior to the appointment.’
    • ‘But selecting a good co-parent is also high on the list for female Homo sapiens - a species that hardly rates as a textbook pair-bonder.’
    • ‘For example, the co-parent relationship indicator was positively and significantly associated with the father-son closeness indicator.’
    • ‘The co-parent relationship variable in this study primarily included items assessing parents' agreement or disagreement about raising a child.’
    • ‘You're no longer romantically involved, you're no longer in a committed relationship, but you will forever be the co-parents of that child.’
    • ‘Less than two years later, Andy was awarded a baby who would recover from temporary jaundice, and eventually Green became the legal co-parent of both children.’
    • ‘Mr. N.T. described himself to Dr. Munt as a very supportive co-parent, who minimized hostility or conflict.’
    • ‘New York also allows lesbian and gay co-parent adoptions.’
    • ‘Kelli's an amazing parent; I totally co-parent with her; I could not parent without her.’
    • ‘But perhaps as important, legal recognition of a co-parent gives that co-parent the right to insist on maintaining the parent-child relationship whether or not the parents' relationship with each other survives.’
    mother, father