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American fathers and parenting

Fathers in North Carolina and the rest of the nation have been taking a more significant role in the care of their children and in completing chores in the home. While the number of single and stay-at-home fathers has been increasing over the last few decades, a rising number of children are becoming adults without having lived with a father.

Shared physical custody is gaining popularity

There has been an emerging trend toward shared child custody arrangements for divorced parents. Historically, North Carolina family courts would most often award primary physical custody to the mother, with the father being given visitation rights on weekends or pursuant to another schedule. This is slowly changing.

Nesting concept can ease divorce transition for children

North Carolina parents who are going through a divorce could consider the concept of nesting for reducing the disturbance to the lives of their children, at least in the near term. A nesting arrangement allows children to continue to live in the family home, and the separated parents take turns living there and providing child care.

When can virtual contact with a parent be blocked?

North Carolina parents who are embroiled in child custody disputes sometimes wonder if they are allowed to block their children's other parents from communicating with them via email, text message or social media. Technological advances have helped noncustodial parents have many new ways to keep connected with their children. Some courts have started issuing virtual visitation orders which allow noncustodial parents to have virtual contact with their children when they are with the custodial parents.

Preparing for a child custody hearing

North Carolina parents who are going through a divorce may also need to make a decision about child custody and visitation. If parents cannot agree, then the decision will have to be made by a judge. A judge decides who will be the better parent and what is in the child's best interests even if one parent does not agree with that criteria.

Putting kids first when parents divorce

Although divorce is fairly common today, when a North Carolina child's parents split up, it can still be a very difficult experience. Studies have shown that divorces can have lasting emotional effects on children, but there are ways that parents can help make the process easier for kids. Some of these include opting for a method othat is less contentious and being sure to keep disagreements away from children.

Danger that could occur during child exchanges

Many North Carolina parents who are no longer married share custody of their children. This means that they must occasionally drop their children off or physically exchange their children. Even if the parents were able to amicably dissolve their marriage, dealing with custody disputes can often result in frustration and other strong emotions that can potentially make the child exchange environment dangerous.

Child custody and visitation for unmarried fathers

A father in North Carolina has the right to seek visitation and custody rights regardless of whether he was married to his child's mother. However, paternity must be officially established before an unmarried father can assert his parental rights. If paternity is not being contested, it may be established with signatures from both of the parents.

How divorced parents can plan holidays

Divorced parents in North Carolina may look toward the holidays with the intention of making them as pleasant as possible for their children, but they might be uncertain as to how to go about that. One of the most important things parents can do is to make specific plans well ahead of time. This ensures that there is plenty of time to work out any issues. Making plans that are specific helps to avoid any misunderstandings as well. This includes not just setting specific dates for exchanges but times and places.

North Carolina parents may benefit from post-divorce mediation

Co-parenting agreements may not always support the realities of a family's situation. When divorced parents move and become separated by significant distances, they may encounter unexpected financial or scheduling difficulties associated with transporting their kids. In some cases, these changes even make it more difficult for children to adjust and feel like they're emotionally supported because they constantly have to go from one community or peer group to another. It's up to parents to take proactive roles and help their kids find a sense of stability.