The last blog post introduced the dilemma of communicating over email with your co-parent. While email is an efficient form of communication, it is easy to get into trouble. Once you say something over email, you cannot get it back and change it. You also can sometimes inadvertently cause conflict by writing something that your ex could take in the wrong way. Here are a few tips you can use when corresponding over email with your co-parent:
- Commit to writing the best email possible.
- Re-read the email before hitting send to make sure there is nothing that could be taken in the wrong way.
- Think about your primary goal of the email. Are you looking to share a concern or simply give an update?
- Keep it brief and to the point.
- If you are sending the email to address a concern, indicate what you are wanting from your co-parent to improve this problem without sounding demanding.
- Consider organizing for better efficiency. This means that you do not have to address all issues in one email.
- Consider the person you are writing the email for, and avoid things that you know might upset them if possible.
- Let them ask you for more information.
These are a few simple organizational tips for your emails that might help you avoid conflict with your ex. If you are going through a divorce or separation and communication is an issue, Click here to read more about divorce in Beaverton OR.