Ex-spouses. The scourge of happy families.
Despising your ex is a “fundamental right” that most divorcees have earned. Usually, about half of the time, the ex deserves it. However, there are some involved who do not. The children.
Promoting and encouraging a good relationship between your ex and the children is usually a very good thing. You should do it. How, you ask?
Go to Bat for the Other Parent.
If the child indicates they don’t want to go to visitation or that they would rather go to Jenny’s birthday, don’t acquiesce. Tell them how important it is to go see the other parent. Tell them how much that time means to the other parent. Tell them how much fun they will have. Even if you don’t believe it.
Think about if the roles were reversed. Jenny’s birthday is not that important to your child. It’s just another school friend’s birthday. Time with the Other Parent is Priceless.
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Matthew Thompson is a Child Custody Lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi and goes to bat for his clients.