Some people think that their life is going to magically get better when they go through a divorce. While it is true that many aspects of life will change, not everything is going to be suddenly blissful and easy. One thing that might make it hard for you to move on with life is when you share children with your ex.

Having to deal with your ex while you’re dealing with child custody matters can be challenging. One of the most important things for you to remember when you’re doing this is that their relationship with your children is what’s important. Nobody is worried about the things that happened at the end of the marriage. They just want to ensure that the children get what they need to thrive in life.

In order to have a workable parenting relationship, you and your ex are going to have to agree to showing each other respect. This is going to come in handy on days when both parents are attending things that are important to the children. School plays, graduations and similar events shouldn’t be ruined by parents who can’t get along.

The end of the marriage when you have minor children puts you in a precarious place. You’re trying to move forward with your life while still having to see and even speak to the person you thought you were leaving behind in the divorce.

You can try to set the standard for the parenting relationship you’ll have with your ex right from the start of the divorce. Remain respectful, and find out if you can get the parenting plan to include stipulations for respectful communication.