If so, it’s probably because their definitions of, for example, “co-parenting” and “abuse” are much different than the definitions found in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary.
This can be frustrating, crazy-making and expensive. Particularly if you’re embroiled in a high-conflict divorce and custody case. It can be challenging to try to explain to a guardian ad litem that when the ex-wife accuses you of being “abusive,” what she actually means is, “He told me no! I can’t control him anymore! I don’t get my way all the time anymore! WAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!” Or, that when they claim you’re “not co-parenting” that it means, again, you’re not following orders and ceding them unilateral decision-making power.
However, once you crack the code and understand what they mean vs. what they say, dealing with them won’t ever be pleasant. But, it can become a whole lot less crazy-making and stressful for you and that’s what matters most.
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