For the past three decades, the divorce rate in U.S. has hovered around 50% so it’s safe to say that millions of American children have been affected by divorce. Raising a child in the aftermath of divorce can be extremely difficult but doing it with a former spouse who is unyielding and difficult poses particular challenges. In their book “Joint Custody with a Jerk” authors Julie Ross and Judy Corcoran examine practical solutions to problems inherent in raising a child with an uncooperative former spouse. Drawing on real life case studies, Ross and Corcoran suggest a variety of ways to mitigate the negative effects of infighting on the children of divorced parents. They propose tools and techniques specifically designed for cooperation rather than confrontation, such as choosing the right words, better timing, and less aggressive body language. Is your ex a jerk and how have you handled him or her? Is it possible to transform a toxic divorce into a harmonious one? How do you turn the blame and insults into positive productive communication?
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