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How do you deal with a difficult ex?

After the end of your marriage in Clinton Township, you are not necessarily free from a relationship with your former spouse. If your divorce was less than friendly, your interactions now could range from difficult to infuriating. Even though you may not be able to reason with your ex, Psychology Today explains that there may be ways you can promote healthier interactions, which is particularly important if the two of you have children.

Sometimes, the difficulties that people face after a divorce directly relate to their own fears, insecurities or grief. Recognizing that it is these that may be causing your ex to lash out against you may help you to remember not to take any attacks personally, even if they are actually intended that way. However, being kind and trying to understand what your former spouse is going through is not the same as allowing him or her to treat you like a doormat. It is important to have boundaries and establish your limits so you will not be taken advantage of.

Once your divorce is final, you can evaluate your own feelings and deal with those without trying to fix issues that were part of the marriage. Remember that you are not responsible for your ex’s decisions and actions now, and vice versa. When you are not worried about trying to change him or her, some of the pressure may be relieved, and your ability to have conversations without issuing challenges or triggering bad memories may improve. This information is provided for educational purposes, and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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