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I Want To Talk To My Spouse About Our Child, But All He/She Wants To Do Is Argue. How Can I Communicate Without It Always Turning Into A Fight?

I want to talk to my spouse about our child, but all he/she wants to do is argue. How can I communicate without it always turning into a fight?

Because conflict is high between you and your spouse, consider the following:

  • Ask your lawyer to help you obtain a court order for custody and parenting time that is specific and detailed. This lowers the amount of necessary communication between you and your spouse.
  • Put as much information in writing as possible
  • Consider using email or mail, especially for less urgent communication
  • Avoid criticisms of your spouse’s parenting
  • Avoid telling your spouse how to parent
  • Be factual, and business-like
  • Acknowledge to your spouse the good parental qualities he or she displays, such as being concerned, attentive, or generous.
  • Keep your child out of any conflicts

By focusing on your behavior, conflict with your spouse has the potential to decrease. Additionally, talk to your attorney about developing a communication protocol to follow when communicating with your spouse.

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