Any co-parenting arrangement requires the full participation of two parents coming together for the best interests of their children. Given the drastic differences in people and personalities, however, it's no surprise that co-parenting can sometimes be a challenge. Thompson Law Office is a team of family lawyers serving the residents of central Kentucky, and they are invested in helping their clients find successful co-parenting solutions.
Here, they share three tips for co-parenting with a difficult ex.
- Plan, Plan, Plan: A difficult partner may be in the habit of challenging or pushing back against any decisions or plans you make. The best strategy for dealing with this pushback is to make your plans well in advance and to let your ex know about them as soon as possible. Try to avoid last-minute changes and spur-of-the-moment decisions as much as you can. If a particular plan has been in place for weeks or months, with your ex's full knowledge, he or she will have much less reason to challenge you.
- Set And Enforce Healthy Boundaries: Establishing well-defined boundaries is essential for healthy relationships. If you were controlled or abused by your ex during your prior relationship, he or she might still try to employ domineering tactics. The most effective thing to do in this situation is to assert your boundaries, and let your ex know what you will and will not accept--and always keep your focus on the children. Thompson Law Office is here to help you manage your co-parenting struggles and will work with you to find the most agreeable arrangements that best suit your children and yourself.
- Get Counseling: Co-parenting counseling is widely available, though it may be called couples therapy, divorce counseling, or even marriage counseling. Any of these types of therapy will help you and your ex separate civilly and, most important of all, start or maintain healthy communication between the two of you. Thompson Law Office can find you the counseling support you need to achieve this essential aspect of successful co-parenting.
Call Thompson Law Office at (859) 280-2222 to set up a free initial consultation. You can also visit them online to learn more about their services as accident lawyers, bankruptcy attorneys, and criminal and DUI lawyers. Trust Thompson Law Office to set up the co-parenting arrangements that work best for all parties involved.