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It's common for divorcing parents to choose the co-parenting option for dividing time spent with their kids. Often children will live half the week with one parent and the other half of the week with the other. This can be a beautiful arrangement when done properly, but it can be extraordinarily difficult to organize if your ex is unable to get along with you.

Here are a few things you can do if you're trying to co-parent with a difficult ex-spouse:

  • Consider hiring a mediator: A mediator might be a social worker, a counselor or a trusted person from your church. This individual could be present during interactions with your ex in order to facilitate peaceful discussions and decision-making about your parenting decisions.
  • Reduce contact: Try to reduce contact with your spouse to as little as possible, so that you're only communicating about necessary details regarding your children. Consider using email or passing a notebook to your ex's home to communicate information.
  • Remind your kids that both of you love them: It's always good to remind your children that you and your ex love them equally, and that you both are doing a good job as parents.
  • Stay cordial: Always treat the other parent with respect, and bite your tongue if necessary. This will help your children so they don't feel like they're being put between the two of you.
  • Think of the best interests of your kids: No matter what decisions you make, consider the best interests of your children above all else.

When you're trying to make plans for your children and parenting during your divorce, even if you and your spouse have trouble getting along, you can still try to organize a successful co-parenting relationship. Your Little Falls divorce attorney can help you stay cordial while still seeking a fair result in your divorce proceedings.

Source: HuffPost, "What’s The Best Alternative To Co-Parenting When Ex’s Don’t Get Along?," Terry Gaspard, accessed July 27, 2017

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