Helpful Strategies to Deal with Ex-partners in Remarriages


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The process of building and maintaining a strong remarriage is complicated by many factors. One of the most complex factors is the relationship with the biological parent of your child(ren).

Interactions with past partners have the potential to be very positive; however, too often they become negative and even destructive (Buunk & Matsaers, 1999).

On-going “expartner” issues not only influence child outcomes but can also spill over into the new marital relationship (Ganong & Coleman, 2004).

As you co-parent across households and simultaneously work on building a new marriage, there are various things you can do to increase the chances that you, your new spouse, and your children will be happy.

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