My ex is making our boys miserable by separating them and he is now ghosting me

DEAR DEIDRE: OUR kids are miserable thanks to my ex forcing them to live apart.

We were married for 15 years. He is 54, I am 48 and we have two sons, aged 14 and ten.

When he moved out three years ago, my ex insisted one child should live with each of us. We alternate each week.

Everything else had been a battle, so I agreed. The kids seemed OK with it and I wanted to keep the peace.

But the boys hate living apart and miss each other, so I said we should have them both every other week.

My ex was totally against that and now won’t answer my calls.

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DEIDRE SAYS: If your children miss each other, you are right to want to adjust things.

They are dealing with huge changes and being together will help their emotional wellbeing. Write down in an email why this isn’t working, along with your suggestion. He can’t ignore you this way and it will help get your point across clearly.

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