By Betsy Ross, LICSW CGP
When a co-parent won’t cooperate or stop fighting, it can be positively maddening. Ex-spouses can become immersed in rage, frustration, and a sense of powerlessness when their co-parenting partnership isn’t working. This can leave little energy for either to move ahead with their post-divorce lives.
You cannot force an uncooperative co-parent to stop fighting. You can take them to court and make their choice to misbehave costly and time consuming (for you both). You can do this repeatedly. Unfortunately, co-parents focused on being destructive or on hurting their ex can always find new ways to do so.
The more you understand about why your ex won’t give up the fight the better your chances at figuring out what to do.