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Tips for handling a difficult ex when there are custody issues

Child custody cases sometimes bring out the worst in people. This can have a negative impact on the co-parenting relationship because both parents want their own way.

One of the key strategies for having a successful co-parenting relationship is being able to work as a team. When one person is being difficult, these tips might help the other parent ensure that the children get what they need.

A primary consideration for these cases is setting your boundaries. You have to make these clear and then stick to them. Allowing your ex to break through them will only enable them to exert some control over the situation. Instead of allowing that to happen, take the time to determine the best ways to address the issues when they threaten your boundaries.

Make sure you keep records of all communication with your ex. This may prevent you from having to battle about what was said. If possible, any agreements that you come to will be put in writing so you can reference it later if necessary.

When you're discussing things with your ex, try to remain respectful. This might not be easy if your ex knows what buttons to push to get you upset. It might help if you think of the discussion in a business-like way.

If all else fails, you can turn to a judge to handle the major decisions that you and your ex can't agree on. Check the parenting plan to see if they are already covered. For anything that isn't covered or if the solution in the parenting plan doesn't meet the child's needs any longer, you can seek a modification. An experienced attorney can help you.

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