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3 tips for communicating with your co-parent

On Behalf of | Apr 26, 2024 | Family Law |

Making the transition from being in a romantic relationship to separating and raising children together as co-parents is complicated. There are many different things that may make this more complex.

One of the biggest challenges that some people face in these situations is communicating with their ex, but that’s not going to end as long as they have children together. If you’re in this position, some of these tips may be beneficial for you.

1. Remain focused on decisions for the children

Every decision you make as co-parents has to reflect what’s best for the children. You shouldn’t make any choices based on what may be the most difficult for your ex or the easiest for you.

2. Know when to walk away from discussions

Things may become contentious when you’re speaking to your ex. Set your boundaries and know when to take a step back from the discussion and regroup. This is a time for you to think about the options for the situation so you can determine how to proceed.

3. Never communicate through the children

One thing you should always avoid is trying to use the children as messengers. When you try to have them pass messages back and forth, they may feel caught in the middle. They may be subjected to reactions that aren’t meant for them. Additionally, the message may not be relayed correctly, which can cause new problems.

One thing that may help to prevent issues with the co-parenting relationship is to get the parenting plan set so everyone knows what should happen. Working with someone familiar with these matters is beneficial since they can provide ideas about how to set everything up.