Parenting after divorce can be a difficult and emotionally challenging process, regardless of how committed the two parties are to the best interests of their children. In order to make a custody and visitation plan work smoothly, it will be necessary to learn how to communicate well. Appropriate communication and clear boundaries can reduce issues and lower the chance that children will suffer negative effects as well.
Talking with the other parent post-divorce
Regardless of how the two parents feel about each other or what is happening in their personal lives, communication after a divorce is final should be focused solely on the kids and their needs. Healthy communication requires the parents to only correspond about the kids and to avoid talking too often. Studies find that too much contact can be unhealthy and may even negatively impact the children.
Some experts suggest that divorced parents should not discuss their dating lives, political opinions or too many personal details. Oversharing can lead to unclear boundaries, and it could actually lead to behavioral problems with the kids. Parents who only communicate about the kids may find their custody arrangement works better for everyone.
Establishing ground rules
It may be possible to include communication rules in the terms of a custody and visitation plan. Parents who have clearly established ground rules and boundaries could find that it is easier for them to work together for the benefit of the children. Speaking with an attorney about communication rules may provide insight into the specific legal options available to Mississippi parents.