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Post-divorce communication and children

On Behalf of | Oct 11, 2022 | Divorce

When spouses divorce in Tennessee, they might not wish to become involved in each other’s lives anymore. However, when the ex-spouses have children together, interactions may be unavoidable. Some experts suggest that communication between former spouses should remain limited to discussing the children.

Interactions and discussions post-marriage

Both parents might retain a critical interest in their child’s well-being over matters related to health care, schooling, extracurricular activities, and more. Both parents might need to be active in their child’s life, meaning they may have to communicate.

Communication could be problematic when emotions linger after the divorce. The marriage may have been contentious, and bad feelings could cause issues.

Perhaps both parents need to focus solely on issues related to the child. For example, a discussion about the young one’s performance in school should stay focused on education and tutoring. Anything outside of the specific issues related to the child could become distracting and potentially volatile.

If the ex-spouses communicate with each other on matters related to their personal lives, friction could develop. If the relationship between the ex-spouses becomes toxic, the court could issue a protection order.

The child’s well-being

Anything that undermines the child’s best interests may result in a return to family court. If one parent harasses a child to discover information about an ex-spouse’s personal life, the effect on the child could be highly negative. The court may intervene in such situations since the child may suffer long-term emotional problems due to a parent’s unhelpful behavior after the divorce.

The court may review a child psychologist’s testimony about a parent’s bad behavior’s effects on the young one. Other evidence, including electronic communications, may also face review. Changes to the custody agreement or visitation plans may occur.