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What do you do if your co-parent won’t communicate?

You and your ex-spouse are cordial with one another, but once you moved out, you found that it was very difficult to keep the lines of communication open. They would answer you if you wanted to drop off or pick up your child, but they’d ignore questions or concerns you sent to them by email or text.

When you speak with them in person, they seem normal and are willing to talk. You’re concerned, because you want to know that you can get answers about changes in custody or parenting issues you’re having, even if you only have a moment to send off a message.

Good communication is essential following divorce

Since you have kids, having good communication is essential. When your ex-spouse doesn’t seem to want to communicate unless you’re face-to-face, it poses a big problem.

One thing you may want to do is to sit down and talk to them about how important it is for them to answer your phone call or to respond to a question. Whether it’s asking if homework was left at their house or telling them that your child is too ill to travel for the day, they need to respond, even if it’s just to say that they don’t have time to talk or that they’d rather speak in person.

If a lack of communication continues, you may want to talk to your attorney about addressing this in court. You may be able to get a court-monitored messaging system set up, so that the court can monitor your interactions and make sure you’re both doing your part.