Parents who go through a divorce have to determine what’s best for the children. In almost all cases, having both parents around is what the kids need. This isn’t always as simple as it sounds. Both parents will have to make an effort to get along or the children can suffer.
One thing that’s critical in these cases is that communication is always respectful. Badmouthing from either parent can’t ever be tolerated. Consider these tips if you find out that your ex is speaking negatively about you.
It’s easy to become angry when you find out your ex is badmouthing you, but this can work against you. Instead of acting on the anger, try to remain calm. By remaining calm, you’re letting your ex know that their antics won’t upset you. It also sets a good example for your children since they’re seeing you deal with a difficult situation without yelling or acting violently.
Explore your legal options
There comes a point when badmouthing crosses a line and becomes parental alienation. This isn’t legal. If you’ve tried to get your ex to stop the badmouthing, consider speaking to a professional who’s familiar with these cases so you can find out what options you have to address the matter.
Trying to handle conflicts with your ex isn’t going to be easy. Having rules clearly in place for what’s acceptable in the co-parenting relationship can help to keep everyone on track. You should work to establish the parenting plan as quickly as possible. This will make it easier for the kids to adjust to the new way of life, which might reduce the stress.