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Surviving a parenting plan with a difficult partner

Once a child custody case is settled and a division of rights and duties has been established, many Florida parents believe that the bulk of contention with their ex will be over. Unfortunately, that is often not the case. Living with a parenting plan can be difficult, especially for parents who do not have a healthy relationship with one another. The following tips are offered in the hopes of easing some of the common areas of conflict.

It is important for parents to set boundaries when dealing with each other after a child custody case. Many people thrive on pushing those boundaries, which can create tension. The best way to deal with this behavior is to simply remove oneself from the environment. That means walking away or ending a phone call when the lines have been crossed. If such behavior continues, it may be helpful to designate a public place for custody exchanges or limiting communication with the other parent to email.

Another common problem involves one parent making efforts to turn shared children against the other. This can be a serious issue, and places the children in a very difficult emotional position. Parents who suspect that their spouse in engaging in intentional alienation efforts may want to consider therapy for their child or children.

When Florida parents are unable to attain a positive co-parenting relationship with their former partner, it can be difficult to know the best course of action. Often, the interventions mentioned here can be effective. However, when such actions are not able to make a significant improvement, it may be time to head back to court to ask for a modification in the existing parenting plan or to ask the court to enforce the agreement that is already in place.

Source: The Huffington Post, "6 Ways To Maintain Your Sanity While Parenting With A Narcissist", Brittany Wong, Aug. 3, 2015

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