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Tips for effective communication with your ex

Effective co-parenting starts with effective communication. While it sounds simple enough, broken relationships have complicated aspects that divorced (or separated) parents have difficulty moving past. (After all, if the parties had good communication skills, chances are that they would not be getting divorced.) Nevertheless, stable communication between parents is essential to a child’s development. The following tips can help.

What to do after a Thanksgiving parenting time dispute

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful, especially when a holiday falls on a Thursday. Unfortunately, some parents who are separated from their spouses were not able to spend Thanksgiving Day with their kids. But with the long weekend, there are three more days to relax and spend time with family.

What should I know about the best interests factors?

Parents who are facing divorce may be concerned about losing custody and being relegated to “weekend parents,” where they only see their kids on alternating weekends and a spare night during the week. Indeed, Virginia family court judges are charged with making custody decisions based on the factors set forth in Virginia Code §20-124.3, also known as the best interest factors.

How to deal with a difficult ex during Halloween

Holidays are supposed to bring out the best in people.  Unfortunately, the drive to make things "perfect" may bring out the worst in people. This is especially true when it comes to warring parents planning Halloween festivities, because of how difficult and petty a parent can be about having their way. Even when an exception can (and should) be made, a difficult parent may want to make things as challenging as possible simply because they can.

Are grandparents entitled to parenting time?

In some families, grandparents are such an integral part of a child’s life, it is easy to assume that they automatically have custody rights. After all, more grandparents are raising children compared to past generations. According to a 2012 U.S. Census Bureau report, 7 million grandparents had at least one grandchild living with them.

When parents share custody, all benefit

Traditionally, when Virginia parents of young children divorce, physical custody is often awarded to the mother. However, this is not necessarily the best option for all families because it puts limitations on how the mother's life can develop, on the relationship between the father and his children, and on the emotional well-being of the children. A growing alternative, which seems to benefit all, is shared custody.

How to co-parent with a toxic ex

There are many reasons why an individual may consider his or her ex to be a toxic person. In some cases, this label may be given out of frustration or fear about an upcoming divorce. However, it may be necessary for Virginia residents and others to maintain a relationship with their former spouse or partner if they had children together. The best thing to do is to put the needs of the child first at all times.

Why you should take a co-parenting class during a divorce

Parents seeking divorces may feel insulted by the notion of attending a co-parenting class. They may feel that there is nothing wrong with their parenting skills and the classes will hardly be effective in helping them deal with a difficult ex. While there may be some truth behind those feelings, the basic premise behind parenting classes is to help couples cope with the difficulties of co-parenting.

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