It’s not unusual for Ohio parents to have difficulty working together after a divorce. The goal is to put aside their differences for the sake of their children and provide them with the love and support they need to grow up happy and healthy.
Setting up a co-parenting plan often helps lay out the rules and expectations for each parent. It might take some practice to learn how to respect these new boundaries.
New rules with co-parenting
There are plenty of boundaries that need to be considered and addressed when creating a co-parenting plan. If your ex-spouse still tries to turn everything into an argument, your co-parenting plan can set a rule about how and when you and your ex communicate.
You’ll also want to establish how much information on your personal lives you’re allowed to share with the children – i.e. when it’s acceptable to introduce a new partner should the occasion arise. Setting these boundaries early and revisiting them often can help avoid issues.
Enforcing your boundaries
It’s important to stay calm, but firm when establishing your boundaries. Coming from a place of anger will only prompt a fight and more boundary-pushing. At the same time, you need to be consistent when establishing these boundaries.
Keep your communication in writing as much as possible, just as a safety precaution. If you think it would help, you can get a neutral third party to help you communicate and understand your ex – such as a therapist, or another family member.
However, this is easier said than done, and learning how to co-parent after divorce can be difficult. It may take a long time to develop a good co-parenting plan with your ex-spouse, and have it run smoothly.