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.
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.
"But Dad always lets me stay up this late." "At Mom's house we don't have to take the garbage out." Sound familiar? You need to create important, big, lifestyle rules that are followed at both homes.
Is the parenting plan working? Successful co-parenting means not only that the parents work together, but that the children cooperate with the process as well. All of you have to work together to help this new family structure work effectively. Here are tips to get past common problems:
It's easy to see your child as a simple way to convey a message to the other parent but it's a bad idea. When you ask your child to be a messenger, you're unwittingly asking him or her to be the receptacle for emotional feedback from the other parent.
The New Year is a time of fresh starts and new beginnings in many ways. This year, in addition to perhaps starting a diet or beginning to work out, devote some energy to developing a healthier interaction with your ex.
Parental termination is a legal process in which a parent's legal rights are taken away. In the eyes of the law, that person ceases to be that child's parents, and has no more rights or responsibilities towards the child.
Even after you've been separated or divorced for years, there are common problems that many co-parenting families must face. Whether these are big or small, the key is to find a reasonable way to work through the problems and preserve your cooperation.
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:
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.