A custody order is not a declaration, condemnation, or reward about the parents' abilities, personalities, or lifestyles. It doesn't determine who is the "good" parent and who is the "bad" parent. A custody order is a method of organizing your lives so that your child has one home and has time to spend with each parent.
The beginning of the year is an excellent time to make some changes that will make your life, and your child's life, much more bearable. Consider making some of these New Year's resolutions:
If you or your ex are relocating, you know it is going to be hard for your child to stay close to the non-residential parent. However, as the residential parent, there are many things you can do to encourage them to interact and many ways to provide support during this difficult adjustment.
The girlfriend. She strikes terror in the heart of divorced mothers everywhere. When your ex gets a girlfriend it's challenging enough to deal with your own emotions, but when the girlfriend is suddenly a big part of your child's life, it's hard to know how to react.
The divorce rate for children of divorced parents may be as high as 57%. If you want to give your child a chance at developing healthy adult relationships, there are some things you can do now.
The recession has hit all of us where it hurts the most -- in our wallets. If you're looking for ways to save money, don't forget to look to your co-parenting agreement for ways to make some cuts.
There are some non-custodial parents who either skip visitation or think it should revolve around their lives. Dealing with these situations can be challenging. Setting limits will help you and your child cope better with the situation and take the guesswork out of visitation.
When you're thinking about whether or not you should move in with your new love, you need to, of course, examine your feelings about the person and evaluate the relationship. That's not all you need to do, however. You should also examine the relationship your child has with this person.
There are many situations you can work out on your own, however, there are also many situations where you do need help from professionals. Learning what kind of intervention to use when can save everyone a lot of headaches and ultimately a lot of attorney's fees.
A parenting plan or visitation schedule is created for the benefit of the child. Spending time with both parents is a right given to the child. If visitation belongs to anyone, it belongs to the child.