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Set a parenting plan that reflects the current needs

The key to making your child custody situation work is to have a solid parenting plan, but you can't just use a generic one. Instead, the plan has to be based on what your children need so that they can thrive. You and your ex will work together to come up with this plan. As you are customizing it, make sure that you set terms that are in your child's best interests.

Decision-making powers can be an area of contention

Parents who are working out child custody agreements have to come to compromises in several areas. One of these is who is going to make decisions for the children. The way that you handle this is up to you, but once it is decided on, there doesn't need to be any deviation. We know that this might be a sensitive topic, but we are here to help you protect your interests during the negotiations.

Tips for making the most out of a co-parenting arrangement

When you share children with an ex, life can be difficult. You have to think about what is best for your children, but you have to balance that with a parenting plan and other factors. All of this can make it difficult to do what you feel is best.

Set priorities that can help your children to thrive

When you are going through a divorce, you have to set priorities based on what you need as you begin your new single life. By setting these priorities from the start, you can help yourself and your children to thrive despite the major changes that are going on. For some parents, this can be challenging because of the unknowns. Make up your mind to remain flexible throughout this process so that you are able to address issues as they come up.

Co-parenting for the children: Making requests

When you and your ex start co-parenting, don't think of it as something that the two of you have to do together -- that you're obligated to do. Instead, think of it as something that you can do for your kids. You want to put them first. You know that staying involved with both parents is best for them, so the two of you can set your differences aside and put the kids first.

Watch out for an ex who plays 'Christmas games' with custody

Christmas is a tough time for many divorced parents, as they may both feel like they just don't get enough time with the kids. With all the focus on family time and being together, it's not great to spend parts of the holidays alone while your ex has the children at their house.

Your children are not messengers during your divorce

After your divorce, or even during the process when you and your spouse are living separately, your children will likely go back and forth between your two homes. In many cases, this makes them natural messengers. After all, you and your spouse may not be on good terms and may not want to talk yourselves, so you'll just tell your children to communicate for you.

What is acceptable visitation refusal in child custody cases?

Parting with your children can be difficult to do, even if you know that they will be safe in the care of their other parent. If you are a parent who has recently divorced or separated from the other parent of your child, it is likely that it will take some time for you to get used to the new child custody arrangements.

Understanding the needs of children under 5

If you are going through a divorce or separation and you have a child under the age of 5, you may be wondering how the separation and the change in scheduling might affect them. The process of divorce has emotional challenges for parents and children alike. This is why it is important to understand how children react to these changes at different ages.

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