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How to deal with a difficult co-parent

In our last post, we noted how difficult it can be to co-parent who is set on making your life miserable. They will resort to dirty tricks, be cantankerous when it comes to modifying a schedule, and will undercut you at every turn. Despite these difficulties, you still have to be a parent, and there are ways to avoid losing control and doing things that could jeopardize your future parenting time (as well as your freedom).

This post will identify some helpful tips. 

Take the high road –If you take the high road, chances are that you won’t contribute to the petty arguments that can get you into trouble. Also, you may endear yourself to the court when you have to seek judicial intervention.

Know that it’s all a plan– There are some people who believe that if they can be as difficult as possible, that the other person will simply give in and let them have their way. Others believe that since they may have lost in court, they can still punish the other party by being difficult. Either way, it’s just a means to an end, and if you give up and lose control, they win.

Keep a journal – It’s not easy to keep up with all the things you and your ex have said regarding parenting time. Because of this, having a running journal can help you in keeping track of your thoughts and pertinent events.  

Keep in mind that the preceding is not legal advice. If you have questions about your  situation, an experienced family law attorney can help. 

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