Going through a divorce can be a challenging process. It can be even more difficult when you have a hard time communicating with your spouse.
Divorce is a common experience for many couples – the American Psychological Association states that approximately 40 to 50% of couples in the U.S. get divorced. If you are one of the many couples that decide to end your marriage, certain communication strategies can help you resolve issues effectively.
Wait to talk when you are not upset
Property division, child custody and other divorce-related matters can heighten your emotions. Try to approach conversations when you are calm. If you feel upset, wait to talk to your spouse until you can start the conversation rationally.
Decide where, when and how you and your spouse will talk. Since you are likely very familiar with your spouse, setting communication boundaries can help you divorce stay on target.
Focus on divorce-related issues
It is easy to let your resentment or anger take over when speaking to your spouse. Try to stick to divorce-related topics when you talk or meet with your spouse. For example, refrain from talking about what led to your divorce and instead focus on what is best for your children.
If you plan to co-parent with your spouse following the finalization of your divorce, these communication strategies can help you do this effectively. Although communicating with your spouse can be difficult during divorce, constant practice can make it easier over time, especially as you transition from spouses to co-parents.