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Co-Parenting and Child Custody Archives

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.

Co-parenting is possible with a solid child custody plan

No parent in Franklin wants to imagine a world in which their child has anything less than the best possible life experience. However, from time to time the needs and preferences of those parents may influence the manner in which the children are brought up. For example, when parents decide to end their marriage in divorce their children's lives can dramatically change.

Important considerations for divorcing parents who have kids

It is a sad reality that for some Massachusetts couples a divorce becomes an opportunity for a power grab. When the parties to a divorce experience conflict and resentment they can engage in actions that are solely intended to cause pain for their soon-to-be ex-spouse. Oftentimes, one of the most damaging things a divorcing party can do is to attempt to prevent their ex-partner from being with their children.

Children's best interests guide child custody decisions

There is no question that the divorce of a Massachusetts child's parents is difficult. A child has potentially lived their entire life with both parents under the same roof and receiving daily love and support from each to foster the child's growth and development. Once a divorce enters the life of the family, though, that comfortable and supportive environment may quickly disappear.

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