Some parents get along better as co-parents than they did as a couple. But for many, pre-existing conflicts only get worse. And old patterns -- like antagonizing one another or lashing out in anger -- tend to continue.
If you're currently dealing with a lot of conflict in your relationship with your ex, it's important to surround yourself with supportive people who will help you stay grounded and not get sucked into the drama and conflict. For help learning how to cope, read Help for High-Conflict Custody Disputes.
And remember, it's a process. However your relationship with your ex is today, it will likely change as your co-parenting effort evolves. So don't give up easily; focus on what's best for your kids and take baby steps toward building a healthy co-parenting relationship that works for all of you.
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