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A Joint Custody – Healthy Communication with Your “Ex”

Peaceful, consistent and purposeful communication with your ex is essential to the success of co-parenting or joint custody – even though it may seem absolutely impossible. It all begins with your mindset. Think about communication with your ex as having the highest purpose: your child’s well being. Before contact with your ex, ask yourself how your talk will affect your child, and resolve to conduct yourself with class. Make your child the focal point of every discussion you have with your ex-partner.

No matter what, communication with your ex is going to be a tough task. Remember that it isn’t necessary to meet in person – speaking over the phone or exchanging emails is fine for the majority of conversations. The goal is conflict-free communication, so see which type of contact works best for you. Whether talking via email, phone or in person, the following methods can help you initiate and maintain effective communication: