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Co-Parenting and Child Custody Archives

Understanding the child custody process and options for parents

The subject of negotiating a child custody arrangement can be difficult for both divorcing parents. The good news is that the family law process provides options to help guide parents through the process, while allowing them to remain focused on the best interests of the child.

Help for parents to successfully co-parent

Parenting can be challenging following a divorce but some useful tips can help. Understanding how parents can handle the challenges of co-parenting can be helpful for parents to successfully co-parent their children. It is important to be thinking about co-parenting early on in the divorce process, as co-parenting considerations should be top of mind for parents while they are negotiating their parenting agreement which will address concerns such as parenting schedules, decision-making responsibilities and financial concerns.

How to co-parent after a divorce

The terrain ahead following a divorce can be uneven and challenging for newly divorce parents and families which is why understanding how to successfully co-parent can be useful. Some tips for successful co-parenting can help. To begin with, it is important for both parents to provide quality time with their children and to be there for them both physically and emotionally, as divorce is an adjustment for everyone.

Your children have rights, even during child custody cases

Your children's interests have to remain the primary focus of your child custody agreement with your ex. When parents are battling it out during a child custody case, they often lose sight of the fact that children have rights as well. It is easy to get so focused on the technical aspects of the case that you forget.

How to modify a child custody arrangement

Needing a child custody modification can be a significant concern for divorced parents. As a result, knowing when a child custody modification may be granted, and under what circumstances and in what situation, is important. In general, in Massachusetts, a child custody order may be modified if it is no longer in the best interests of the child or if there has been a significant change in circumstances for the parents or child.

The importance of negotiating a child custody agreement

Child custody may be one of the most significant, and understandable, concerns for divorcing parents. When a couple is considering a divorce, at the top of their list are likely considerations about where their children will reside, who will make important decisions for them, how they will co-parent and how the divorce may impact their children. It can be helpful for parents to know that the family law system provides resources to help them with each of these concerns.

Religion may be addressed in a child custody plan

Oftentimes, when two people of differing faiths join together in marriage, they discuss how they will either retain their separate religions or find ways to unify themselves under one particular religious system. It is not uncommon for married people to be divided not only into separate religious practices, but for some faithful individuals to marry people who have no religious beliefs at all. These relationships can and do work but often become complicated when the married parties have children.

Technology helps parents and kids stay connected after divorce

Parents in Massachusetts love to see their children achieve success at school, in their extracurricular pursuits and through their relationships with their friends and family members. Children who are happy tend to be children who thrive. Oftentimes, however, when children are forced to bear the painful experience of their parents' divorce, they can grow less inclined to engage as they did when both of their parents had a daily presence in their upbringing.

New Year is a good time to consider custodial changes

Each year families in Massachusetts change through marriage, the births and adoptions of children and divorce. As they grow and modify their structures families can be forced to accept new schedules and living arrangements that may not match what they are used to experiencing. These changes can be difficult for everyone, but can be especially trying on children.

Parental relocation can disrupt an existing custody plan

Franklin residents often struggle to find a good balance between their work responsibilities and their family lives. While they may prioritize the needs of their spouses and kids over the tasks that their employers want them to do, they may also feel a strong push to excel in their careers and advance to positions of greater significance. Sometimes, work and family needs come into direct conflict and one of the ways this can happen is if a person is asked by their employer to relocate.

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