Your divorce is final and you're looking forward to your new life. However, if you're co-parenting with your ex-spouse, this person will remain in your life for the foreseeable future.
There are sure to be times when you don't see eye-to-eye with your ex, but you should always do your best to avoid an argument. Here are a few tips for helping you do so:
- Remain calm. When you lose your temper, there's a greater chance that your ex will do the same. If you feel the urge to lash out, walk away from the situation until you cool down.
- Keep communication clear and concise. If you want something, ask for it. If you're answering a question, provide a clear answer that your ex can easily understand. Don't leave any gray area when communicating.
- Realize that it's okay to disagree. Just the same as married couples, you're sure to have disagreements with your ex. It's okay to disagree, as long as you don't let it stand in the way of successful co-parenting.
- Listen to your ex. It's hard to get used to, but it's critical to listen to your ex as opposed to tuning them out. This can help you make better decisions as a parent.
With the help of these tips, you'll feel better about your ability to avoid a co-parenting argument with your ex-spouse.
If you continually run into trouble, review your parenting agreement to better understand your legal rights. This may lead you to take action legal action against your ex, such as to revise the original agreement.