Communicating with a difficult co-parent is very challenging. Often, you will feel as if all of your efforts are wasted and you may fall into their trap of also becoming very difficult...a tit-for-tat game that serves as punishment not to the other parent - but to the child.
This is easier said that done. I realize that. What I would advise is that you always take a deep breath and you make sure to never just fire off a response to the other parent while you are upset.
You should be mindful that all of your communications serve a greater purpose. If the communications are in writing, they may be used against you in Court.
I always recommend to my clients that they use an intermediary-communication program, such as Our Family Wizard, for the communications. Here is a link if you are interested in signing up for the program - Our Family Wizard.
This program keeps an ongoing log of the communications and details about when they were sent and responded to. This program also has a feature for the Court to log in and monitor the communications should they see fit.
Here you can see the Wizard in Our Family Wizard really excited to help you communicate.
Tracking the tone and tenor of the communications is very helpful in the event you have to file a Modification Action or a Contempt Action. We have more detailed information on both. We have also authored a work that provides significant insight into the difficulties of co-parenting and some information you will find helpful. If you are interested in being put on the waitlist for this book, please use the following link - Add Me to the List.