Because children are always growing and changing, no parenting schedule will work forever. When making changes to your parenting plan, keep these things in mind:
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One of the most common questions I am asked by custodial parents is whether they can reduce visitation. The easy answer to that question is maybe, if there has been a change in circumstances and if doing so would be in the best interest of the child.
If you share holidays with your ex, you may be facing a holiday alone this season without your child. It can be difficult to be separated from your child, but you can get through the holiday with these guidelines:
It's too easy for the holidays to become a challenge, to see which parent can buy the most stuff, the best stuff, or the most expensive stuff. You and the other parent have to make sure this doesn't happen to you and your child.
No one wins in a custody case, especially not the child. The best custody arrangement is one that takes the child's needs into consideration and creates a plan that allows the child to have a lot of time with both parents through a non-hectic, reasonable schedule.
When you're sharing parenting time with your ex, childhood illnesses can play havoc with your schedules. Follow these tips for preserving your mental health when your child's physical health is on the wane.
It's not uncommon to start a new job, move, make new friends, discover new interests, develop a new life philosophy, and, really, in many ways, be reborn after a divorce. If you feel uncomfortable with changes in the other parent's life, ask yourself these questions:
Friendships are an important part of life for kids, but making time for friends can become complicated when your child has divorced parents. Striking a balance between family and friends is difficult but possible.
Your child is living in two separate homes now. Should he have household responsibilities at both homes? Setting similar requirements at both homes sends the message to a child that although you are parenting in separate homes, you still have the same standards and do still parent together.
More and more parents are thinking about ways they can be green. The way you parent after divorce has an impact on the environment. Try these things you can do to be a greener divorced parent: