When Your Ex Badmouths You In Front of the Children

It is a common occurrence for a parent or parents to badmouth one another in front of their children, which adds stress to everyone’s lives. You may have heard accusations or had your spouse try to talk through your children to get back at you, which is an unreasonable measure that many parents take out of jealousy or high tension. Because it is your job to protect your children, we will walk you through the do’s and don’ts when your child has heard badmouthing, and the legal response you should take.

Do’s and Don’ts 

When you find out that your ex has been badmouthing you, there are some things that you should do. For instance, you should always stay calm, as remaining calm will cause less stress for your children as well as prevent you from saying things you shouldn’t say. You can, however, gently correct the misinformation that was given to you by your children. You can also offer your child reassurance.

There are also some things you should never do in response. By retaliating, you are lowering yourself to your ex spouse’s level. You want to kindly but firmly address your child’s concerns as well as stray from saying something as equally damaging about your ex.

Legal Response 

In most cases, the judge in your case will use a preemptive action known as a parenting plan as a way to help during dispute resolution so that you don’t revisit the courtroom over and over again. If you establish a parenting plan together, both parents will be involved in the development of the child and determine what is important for their children. Together, you can work through these disputes as they come along.

If your divorce has hit the point where the badmouthing has gotten to an extreme level, you may want to speak with an experienced family law attorney today. We are willing to speak with you about your case and wish to offer our help to you. Call us for more information.