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What to do when co-parenting isn’t working

If you have children with your ex-spouse, you know that co-parenting is now a big part of your life. And even though you want to do what's right for your children, there could come a point when you realize that co-parenting just isn't working.

Should you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the many things you can do:

  • Review your parenting plan: This is the first place to start, as it outlines the responsibilities of both parents. For example, you may have physical custody of your children, with your ex having visitation rights.
  • Talk to your ex: It sounds like an impossibility, but it's actually one of the best ways to clear the air. Share your feelings, explain your thoughts on the trouble you're having and ask them for feedback. Remember, this has nothing to do with your marriage and divorce. Instead, focus on co-parenting and the impact it has on your children.
  • Request a modification: If your ex doesn't have any plans on following the parenting plan, it's time to consider a modification. It's the last resort, but it may be the only step you can take to find peace and create a better future for you and your children.

You should expect to face challenges and have disagreements when co-parenting with your ex. You aren't going to get along all the time. However, you want to avoid a situation in which your issues are spilling over into the way you raise your children.

You have legal rights, as outlined in your parenting plan, so make sure you protect them.

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