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How to deal with a difficult parent

New Jersey estranged couples with young children may struggle to co-parent after their marriage comes to an end. One parent might be particularly difficult. This could be a temporary situation that resolves itself once the parent adjusts to the divorce. However, whether or not this happens, as long as the conflict does not involve issues such as addiction or abuse, there may be ways to ameliorate the situation.

One of the most important things a parent must do is keep the focus on the best interests of the child. This means refusing to engage with the other parent on other issues including those that may have led to the divorce. Communication should be limited to matters involving the child. Parents should draw strong boundaries around any discussion of their personal lives.

Parents should also think about what sets the other parent off and try to avoid those situations. While this can be difficult since the parent may have hoped that the divorce meant not having to be cautious around the ex-spouse any longer, it might make the situation easier. Furthermore, parents should avoid any negative talk about the ex in front of their child because it can make the child less likely to be honest about emotions.

Dealing with issues connected to their children can be one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce that parents must face. It may be difficult to negotiate child custody and support, but doing so is usually better than turning to litigation. However, if there are problems such as domestic abuse, litigation may be necessary. Otherwise, in negotiations, parents may want to focus on what is best for the child, and studies show that usually this means having a strong relationship with both parents.

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