January is almost here and with it comes a wave of new divorces. Many people think of the New Year as a time to reflect on their past and to move forward with the goals they have for the next year. For some, that goal is going to be to move on independently without a spouse.
For some parents, sharing custody is a complete nightmare. They may face threats from the other parent of having their children withheld from them. The other parent may not return them on time or may make plans without talking them through.
If you're going through a dispute, one option is to try mediation. Whether you're divorcing, having a dispute about child custody or are arguing over different factors, mediation could help.
Your children are old enough to understand what a divorce is and what happens during one, but one thing that you've noticed is that they're having a hard time adjusting to the new custody schedule. You knew there might be some issues at first, but over time, you've realized that your children are having some real problems coping.
When you decided to get a divorce, you knew that your children would have to go through it, too. You knew that you wouldn't be guaranteed custody, either. Now, you've found that you need to assert yourself and show that you're a good parent, because your estranged spouse is doing their best to make it seem like you aren't.
When you have children but have to go through a divorce, it can be hard to bring up the topic with them. Fortunately, there is a lot of advice available on the best ways to do so.
Family laws are in place to help protect mothers, fathers, their children and others who have a right to be in their lives. Children are at the greatest risk of being taken advantage of.
Sometimes, problems come up, and visitation orders aren't followed. For example, your child might get sick and not be well enough to travel to the other parent's home, or you might have an emergency and need to head to a family member's home. There are times when accidents and one-off events happen and impact a custody schedule, but on the whole, people understand that life is unpredictable.
You and your ex-spouse are happy to listen to what your child has to say, but you want to make sure that the custody arrangements you have in place are what's best for them. By law, you, as parents, have the most control over custody arrangements if you and your ex create a parenting plan and custody schedule together.
When you leave your child with a third party instead of your ex-spouse, you and your ex-spouse need to have plans on how to react if an emergency takes place. There are many times when parents leave their children with day cares or babysitters. Those individuals are usually given information on who to call to pick up the child, but you may not have thought about what to do if you or the other person listed isn't available.