The end of a partner relationship can leave a bitter taste. In most cases, you can just remove yourselves from each other’s lives, for good, or until you get over the hurt. If you have children, you do not have that luxury. You have a child to raise, so you need to find a way to work together.
The first thing you should remember is to think before you speak or act. It is easy to blurt out an insult or react in a wrong way when emotions are high. Yet, those words and actions are not going to help in the long run. They will only serve to stoke the problems between you.
Keep your child out of your relationship problems
Avoid creating a situation where your child feels caught in the middle. Parental conflict will harm your child. They love you and their other parent, so when anyone insults or hurts either of you, it will hurt them. The conflict between you can also lead to your child feeling insecure, which is the last thing they need when struggling to cope with your breakup.
Treat the other person as you would like them to treat you
If you help your co-parent out when they are running late, they will likely return the favor. If you are inflexible and argumentative, they are likely to act the same.
How you handle your divorce and child custody negotiations sets the tone for your future relationship. Having help to negotiate an agreement that works for both of you, instead of tearing each other to shreds in the courtroom, will make your future as co-parents better for you and your child.