Co-Parenting With a Disagreeable Ex
Parenting can be challenging enough, but what can make it that much more difficult is when you have an ex-spouse that is disagreeable or doesn’t communicate well. Not only can co-parenting arguments take a toll and add more stress to your life, but they can also be detrimental to the well-being of your children. When it comes to co-parenting with a difficult ex, here are some tips to help the situation go a little smoother.
Don’t Bad Mouth Your Ex
As frustrated as you may be, it’s essential to refrain from sharing your feelings about your ex with your children. Also, if your children speak disrespectfully about their other parent, it should not be tolerated. It’s also important to keep in mind that children listen when you are speaking to others, so when venting to friends about your ex, make sure your children aren’t within earshot of your conversation or only talk to others about this when they are at school or out of the home.
Keep Your Children’s Needs as the #1 Priority
When it comes to co-parenting, frustrations can quickly bring you to a heated discussion about everything that went wrong in your relationship. While being a single parent is hard, it’s critical to keep in mind that your children are the focus and not your former relationship with your ex. Be mindful of staying on the topic of the children’s interests and the activities and other things that pertain to them.
Contact a Mediator
If your ex-spouse is completely unagreeable and you’ve exhausted all of your options in trying to resolve co-parenting differences, you may not have any other option than to seek a mediator to help you resolve your disputes. For example, you aren’t getting the proper child support or your child visitation agreement is consistently being violated.
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Disagreements about parenting are not uncommon for divorcing couples. If you and your ex-spouse face child custody disagreements and other challenges relating to co-parenting your children, mediation or modification may be the right choice for everyone involved.