Although Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger have been estranged since last May (after Arnold had fathered a child with the family housekeeper of over 20 years), Maria and Arnold Schwarzenegger spent Christmas together as a family with their children.
When you are parenting after a divorce, you are working within a situation that is certainly not your ideal. You may not be able to change that overall structure, but there are many small things you can do that will make the situation easier and happier for everyone.
Whether your child spends most of his or her time at your home, or at the other parent's home, you probably want to be informed and stay involved with your child's education. Unfortunately, many schools make this a challenge.
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.
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.
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.
It's no one's dream to be a single parent, but since half of all marriages do end in divorce and at least as many unmarried couples break up, single parenting is reality for many mothers. Arranging visitation is easiest if you remain flexible and patient.
Many children spend large chunks of time with their non-custodial parent over the summer. That first long visitation can be tough on the custodial parent and the child. These offers tips that can make it easier on you both.
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.
No matter what you may think about divorce. No matter what you may feel about divorce. No matter what your situation or experience, life will change for you and your children. Follow these guidelines of how you can help them cope.
As your child heads back to school, this is a good time to re-evaluate and tweak your parenting schedule. Fall is a time of fresh starts and new beginnings and a chance to get organized in all aspects of your life.