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How to parent with a difficult former spouse

After a divorce, one parent may make co-parenting difficult. However, there are steps that a Florida parent can take that may improve the situation and reduce conflict with the other parent.

The parent should focus on the child's needs, and understanding what triggers the other parent might help in maintaining control of the situation. Focusing on the child and sidestepping these triggers means communicating only about the child with the ex and avoiding other contentious topics, including those that led to the divorce, outside of those parameters.

However intense conflicts with the ex may be, the parent should avoid speaking negatively of the other parent in front of the child. The child might otherwise feel unable to express honest feelings about both parents. In fact, a parent should go a step further and encourage the relationship between the child and the other parent. Finally, a parent should establish and maintain boundaries with the ex about personal matters and other matters that do not concern the ex.

These steps are appropriate if the conflict is rooted in parents' animosity toward one another. If the parent is an addict or abusive, it may be necessary to take more serious steps.

If this is the case, the parent may want to talk to an attorney at a child custody law firm about the situation. The parent might only be allowed supervised visits with the child, or the parent may be prohibited from contact with the child at all. However, these measures are generally only reserved for situations in which the child's well-being is at stake. A court attempts to make a decision that is in the best interests of the child, and this usually involves trying to facilitate the child's relationship with both parents.

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