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Limitations and requirements might exist for summer vacations

The time for planning summer vacations is here now, so all families should start deciding on where they will go if they haven't already thought about this. It is imperative that parents who are divorced get moving on this now. The earlier you make these plans, the less stress you might have about the situation in general. One reason for this is that you may have notification requirements that demand you tell your ex about the dates and destination by a certain time.

Immediate decisions that come with child custody cases

When you divorce your ex, you need to set up plans for the children. When they are in school, this can be challenging. You have to think about what is best for them, so don't focus too much on what you want. One of the most difficult decisions is often what parent they will live with. If you and your ex live in different school districts, the answer to this might be that the child needs to spend the majority of their time in the parent who lives in the district where the child currently attends school.

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.

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