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How to defuse an argument with your co-parent

Even though there are ways to make the most of your co-parenting experience, there is no denying the fact that you'll face challenges. For example, arguing with your ex-spouse may become all too familiar.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to defuse an argument when co-parenting:

  • Find the right way to communicate: If face-to-face communication always results in an argument, opt for text messages or email. This is often the best way to avoid arguments altogether.
  • Look at both sides of the argument: Even if you think you're right, take the other person's feelings into consideration. This will give you a different perspective on the situation and may change your approach.
  • Don't put your kids in the middle: It often sounds like a good idea, but it hurts everyone. It's also something that could anger your ex-spouse, thus making things worse on you.
  • Learn how to cope: You're going to argue with your co-parent from time to time. You must learn how to cope with every situation that comes your way. Being able to deal with all your feelings, good and bad, will help you calm any situation.

You can only do so much to defuse an argument when co-parenting, as they bear some responsibility as well.

If you find that your arguments are about the same thing, such as an ex who constantly ignores the child custody agreement, look into your legal rights. You may be able to take action to help prevent the same situations in the future, thus avoiding arguments before they start. Your Maryland family law attorney can help you.

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