For divorced individuals who are co-parenting, different seasons bring different challenges with them. In summer, children's schedules and routines undergo a major shift with the end of school and the start of vacation. These changes can have the potential to add stress for divorced parents and their children. They can also become potential points of conflict within the co-parenting relationship.
There are many concerns parents may have about their children’s future when getting divorced. For one, parents may worry that the disruptions caused by a divorce could pose roadblocks to their goals for their children’s education.
Child support orders are supposed to be well-tailored to a given family’s situation. But, of course, families can undergo a lot of changes in their circumstances. When this happens, is a parent simply stuck with an ill-suited child support payment arrangement?
Among the things parents may be anxious about after a divorce is whether they will be able to maintain strong connections with their children. This can be an especially big concern among those who have not been granted much time with their children in a custody order. A recent study suggests that digital communication may be a big help for parents when it comes to addressing such worries.
There are many tough, but important, conversations that come up when ending a marriage. For parents, this includes talking to their children about the divorce. Today, we’ll cover some steps separating parents can take when having such conversations to try to help make the divorce process easier for their children.
Stability is critical for children when their parents are getting divorced. Among the things that can help with providing it is parents being both compassionate and consistent when it comes to discipline. It is common for children to act out in the wake of a divorce. How parents respond to this can have big impacts on the children's long-term well-being and emotional health. Being inconsistent, too lenient or too harsh could cause problems.
Divorcing parents are allowed to resolve child custody issues through agreements. But these issues can get very contentious, and circumstances sometimes make it so such agreements aren’t able to be reached. When this happens, the custody dispute will generally go before a court for a ruling.
A lot of major decisions come in connection to raising children. This includes making choices about what school a child will attend, what activities he or she will be allowed to participate in and how his or her health care needs will be met. What is chosen can have lasting implications for a child and a family. When parents divorce, one important issue that needs to be addressed is how such decisions will be made in the future.
When parents get divorced, many things can have long-term impacts on their children. One is what happens with the children’s living arrangements moving forward. There are a range of possible living arrangements that could come out of a divorce. Some examples include:
When parents’ divorce, what child custody arrangement is ultimately put in place is very impactful. One type of custody arrangement is joint custody. This is when divorced parents share custody of their children. This is an alternative to sole custody, in which custody is granted to just one parent. Virginia recently passed a law that some hope will increase how often joint custody is used in the state.