Post-Divorce Communication

By definition, divorce is the legal dissolution of your marriage and you are no longer someone’s husband or wife. However, though Mom and Dad may have dropped nearly all of the roles they used to share with their ex – spouse, partner, companion, lover – they still share at least one: parent.

Parental communication seems relatively straightforward. You need to exchange information about your children and make basic decisions regarding their care. Yet what seems straightforward on the surface becomes much more complex the deeper you go, particularly when trying to cooperate with someone you may no longer respect, trust, or even like. Fortunately, your goal is not to resolve your marital relationship; it’s to communicate in a way that your children know that they are more important than the conflict itself.