If you've put your marriage in the past but still have to communicate with your ex-spouse, perhaps because you have a child together, it's important that you do whatever you can to prevent arguments.
There will be times when you disagree, but the last thing you want or need is regular arguments that begin to take a toll on your life.
Here are a handful of things you can do to prevent arguments with your ex-spouse:
- Remain calm at all times: When your temper flares, it goes without saying that the other person may go down the same path. Remaining calm makes it much easier to get along.
- Be specific when making requests: For example, if you need to adjust your visitation schedule, tell your ex-spouse why this is necessary.
- Keep an open line of communication: You may not want to communicate often, but there will be times when you have no choice. It doesn't matter if you text, email or talk on the phone, it's a must to communicate in an effective manner.
- Listen to the other person's wants and needs: It's important to look at both sides of the story before taking action.
It goes without saying that there will be times when you argue with your ex-spouse. While it's hard to avoid this altogether, you can do so by following a few key tips day in and day out.
In the end, it's all about knowing your legal rights, doing what's best for your child and making sure you take steps to prevent arguments that will have a negative impact on your life.
Source: Conscious Co-Parenting Institute, "7 Key Elements To Avoid An Argument With Your Ex," accessed May 24, 2018