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Ways to co-parent with an ex

When you and your spouse have made the decision that the time has come to end your marriage, there is no shortage of things you must contend with. While there may be some areas of relief you feel because you no longer have to work with a person you can't get along with, this will not be the case if you have minor children. You will continue to need to find ways to communicate with your children's other parent as you work together to raise them. Just how can you do this without pulling out your hair?

Co-parently, a provider of digital tools designed to help divorced or separated parents work together, provides some useful tips on this topic. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that open conflict in front of the kids is never good for them. Therefore, it is important that you and your former spouse find a way to avoid this. Managing conversations via email, an app or a website may help but there is more to it than that.

A conscious commitment on your part to not badmouth the other parent to or around your children should be part of your plan. When you do communicate, remain focused on the point at hand and keep a polite yet professional tone. 

If you would like to learn more about how to communicate with a former spouse both during and after getting divorced for the benefit of your joint children, please feel free to visit the co-parenting page of our California family law website.

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