Going through a divorce is difficult enough, but dealing with the aftermath is not an easy task either. Particularly if you have gone through a divorce and are sharing co-parenting duties with your ex-spouse, this can be a difficult new relationship to navigate. Co-parenting is becoming more and more common across the United States as many people believe having both parents involved with the child’s life on an equal basis is important, even if the parents are divorced. According to Healthline, one of the key aspects of a positive co-parenting relationship is good communication skills.

A good tip is to pretend that your ex-spouse is now a business partner, and the business is raising your child. It is for the best if you can limit your conversations to revolve around your child and nothing else, particularly if you have a difficult relationship with your ex-spouse. If you are very concerned, you may want to put an actual numerical limit to how many times you text or email in a day or a week.

If at all possible, try to communicate directly with your ex-spouse. You will communicate more clearly and experience fewer miscommunications with the direct method.

Compromise is also going to be an important aspect of the co-parenting process. You and your ex-spouse may have different views on important matters such as family visits and religious services. It is important to remember that a good compromise leaves everybody wanting just a little more. Basically, do not expect to get 100% of what you want and don’t feel like you have to completely give in to your ex-spouse either. Compromise should make both parties satisfied and a little bit frustrated at the same time.