Despite the fact that your divorce is in the works in Ohio, you still see your ex more than you would like to as the two of you have arranged a shared custody agreement of your children. While you are satisfied with the agreement that has been made, you are actively looking for ways to reduce the tension and conflict between you and your ex as you openly acknowledge that participating in heated verbal exchanges will only worsen the situation for your children. 

Fortunately, you can approach this situation with confidence and civility when you are educated about how to act around your ex. Being committed to maintaining respect for your ex regarding his or her parenting will have long-lasting effects on the way your children view your relationship with their other parent which may ultimately affect their relationship with both you and your ex. 

According to Today’s Parent, one of the worst things you can do is to rely on your children to communicate between you and your ex. Rather, take responsibility for your communication and keep more serious discussions away from your children. When you are dropping off or picking up your children, keep the conversation between the two of you to a minimum and be polite. You should also do your part to respect your ex’s space, parenting style and privacy when it is their turn to spend time with your children. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.