There’s no doubt that parenting after a divorce has its challenges. The situation can seem almost unbearable when a person is co-parenting with a toxic person or narcissist. Thankfully, there are steps Maryland residents can take to look out for the best interests of their children and maintain their sanity when co-parenting with a difficult person.

In order to co-parent successfully, communication needs to be a top priority. However, not all forms of communication are acceptable. Some have decided that it is best to only communicate by email or text message. It is also best to maintain the focus of parenting when communicating with an ex-spouse.

Focusing on what a person has control over will help them maintain their sanity when co-parenting with a toxic person. They will not be able to change their ex-spouse. However, they can control the way they live their own life and the way they react to their ex-spouse. They should remember that they do not have to respond to everything their ex says or does. Some things can simply be overlooked. Other things should be responded to at a later time when a person feels calm and has taken the time to think about the best response for the situation.

New boundaries will need to be put in place in order to successfully co-parent with a toxic person. The last thing a person wants to do is allow themselves to be baited. Being defensive and reacting emotionally should be completely off the table.

Some have decided to document everything quietly and consistently as they co-parent. This may prove to be helpful in a legal setting later on. Some may turn to an attorney in order to file a court order if their ex-spouse consistently fails to respect boundaries or for other reasons. An attorney may be able to provide legal advice regarding child custody and other issues that arise after a divorce.