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Co-Parenting and Child Custody Archives

Working together when children are sick

As readers of this Massachusetts family law blog may know, there are two distinct forms of child custody that parents may or may not share when they go through divorces. The first form of custody is physical custody. Parents with physical custody can have their kids live with them exclusively or may share their kids with their exes. The second form of custody is legal custody, and, like physical custody, it may be given exclusively to one parent or be shared between them.

Child custody changes for popular reality television pair

Massachusetts residents who watch reality television may be familiar with the drama that surrounds the cast of Southern Charm. While many of the antics that the cast members get involved with are sensational events that drive the show's popularity, two individuals who have been involved with the production are now caught in a very real drama surrounding their kids. Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel recently went to court and had their child custody plan changed.

Put kids first as the school year approaches

Although Massachusetts children may be lamenting that the final few weeks of summer have arrived, their parents may be excited to get back to the routine of school days and extracurricular activities. As families begin to work out the details of their academic year lives, they may discover that changes in school hours, new student responsibilities, and other commitments will affect the child custody plans they are currently using. Before the school year starts, parents may wish to look at their parenting plans and custody schedules to make sure their children will not be impacted.

Custody, parenting, and matters of faith

Not every Massachusetts family chooses to affiliate with a church or set of religious beliefs. In some families, the parents of shared children may actively practice different religions or be members of different religious institutions. Under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, individuals have the freedom to choose what religion, if any, they will incorporate into their lives.

How does legal custody affect co-parenting duties?

Providing their children with loving and stable homes during a divorce may be the priority of parents all across Massachusetts. They may become focused on deciding where their children will live and how they will share in providing the day-to-day care to their kids. This form of parenting is often referred to as physical custody, as it relates to the physical well-being of children. There is another form of child custody, however, and it can have a big impact on how parents work together to raise their shared children.

How is child custody decided in Massachusetts?

It can be hard on parents to work out the details of their child custody matters when they are in the process of ending their marriage. During divorce proceedings, parents may work together to settle the scheduling and responsibilities of raising their children. If they are unable to make decisions regarding the custody of their kids, they can turn to the court to work out those details.

Things to consider before relocating a child after divorce

In our digital day and age, it is quite common for couples to initially meet, and communicate for some time, over the internet. Often, the parties reside miles apart, or even in another state or country. Should these relationship blossom, couples should be aware of a relocation scenario that could take place after a divorce that involving children, as well as the potential problems that could arise from it.

What should be included in a co-parenting agreement?

A solid co-parenting agreement should include many facets. Issues such as education, medical expenses, decision making, parental responsibilities, religion, and others should be addressed. Generally, the more guidance a co-parenting agreement includes on these issues, the less likely it is future conflicts will arise.

Co-parenting secrets: Healthy families after divorce

Co-parenting, while not for everyone, is the best way to offer stability and emotional comfort for children after a divorce. Of course, in situations that involve physical, drug, or alcohol abuse it is not always the best option.

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