If you have children with your ex-spouse, there is a good chance your post-divorce life will entail some form of communication. This is necessary in order to provide your children with the stability they need (and deserve).
Unfortunately, if your ex-spouse is acting hostile, it can complicate the situation. If you find yourself in this position, here are three things to do:
- Decide on the best way to communicate: For example, if you find that your ex always becomes hostile when you talk in person, decide to communicate via phone, text and email in the future. This may be just what you need to reduce tension.
- Don’t talk about your personal life: There’s no reason to share details of your personal life with your spouse. Doing so, such as sharing that you have a new partner, may only make them more upset and angrier.
- Don’t involve your children: Co-parenting is all about providing your children with a stable environment. Raising children with a hostile ex is a challenge, but you shouldn’t let this lead to a situation in which your children are put in the middle. This can negatively affect them for the rest of their lives.
The way you handle a hostile ex-spouse is important to the well-being of you and your children.
If you’ve tried everything and continue to run into challenges, it may be time to learn more about your legal rights. For example, if your ex is acting in a violent manner, you may want to request a child custody and visitation agreement modification from the court.