Many people get divorced due to extramarital affairs, communication issues, conflicts over household responsibilities, or lack of compatibility. However, despite their problems, it is ideal if a divorced couple can remain amicable with each other after their separation. This is especially true if there are children in the picture.
It is not always possible or beneficial for divorcees to remain courteous or in contact with each other, such as in cases where there is a history of domestic abuse or violence. When it is a possibility, though, these are some ways to maintain amicability after a divorce.
Re-learn how to communicate
Most people will not be able to communicate with their ex-spouse the same way that they did as a married couple. It is important to adjust to a new communication style as both people navigate through their new lives.
Be tactful with new parties involved
It can be great to meet a new romantic interest shortly after a divorce. However, a former partner should be thoughtful in how or when to introduce their new partner to others. Unless it is inevitable, avoid introducing a new partner to an ex if there are reasons to believe the ex may react poorly.
Seek outside support
Soliciting support outside of the former relationship is a great way to avoid the temptation of discussing old issues with the ex. Professional therapists and counselors in the Seattle area can provide neutral guidance during this difficult time.
Although it takes work, it is possible to maintain an amicable and even friendly relationship with an ex after a divorce.