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Strategies for co-parenting with a difficult partner

Unfortunately, it seems the children are affected the most when parents in Texas separate or divorce. If the marriage ended on less than stellar terms, co-parenting with the former spouse can be a challenge and make raising the kids unnecessarily complicated. Although it may take some extra work, successfully co-parenting with a difficult partner is possible and, over time, will get easier. Here are some strategies to use when co-parenting with a difficult ex.

Set boundaries

Children need and thrive under consistency. It is important to set boundaries on what the children can and can’t do. The other parent may allow the children to participate in activities or things that are not good for them. Regardless, try to keep things as consistent as possible.

Avoid criticizing the other parent

Ex-spouses sometimes do things that strike a nerve, but never talk badly about the other parent to the kids or anyone else while the children can hear. The environment in which the children are raised greatly affects them. When talking about the ex, try to be as encouraging as possible and don’t burden the kids with adult issues.

Focus on the kids

When co-parenting, focus completely on the children. It is often helpful to adopt a business-like mindset with the other parent and treat them as a colleague. Never bring up the past relationship and only talk about things that have to do with the children.

If parents always keep the well-being of the children as the primary focus, the co-parenting relationship will be successful. Those in Texas who have questions regarding parenting or child custody can get help by speaking with a legal representative. A trusted family law attorney can offer legal protection and provide much-needed guidance.

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