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How divorcing parents can co-parent successfully

When parents in North Carolina decide to divorce, the transition to co-parenting can be challenging yet also rewarding. Divorced parents may clash over parenting styles and issues that come with step-parents and blended families. Some parents may find it difficult to communicate after the split while others prepare for regular family meetings. However co-parenting works best for a specific family, there are some guidelines that people can keep in mind to improve their relationship for the benefit of their children.

An overview of the child custody hearing process

Child custody proceedings are conducted to determine whom a child's custodial parent will be and what rights the noncustodial parent will have. Parents in North Carolina who want maximum parental rights need to prepare for a child custody hearing thoroughly. If a person has an attorney, he or she may spend time going over questions that a judge may ask during a hearing.

Who is a custodial parent?

In North Carolina, when parents go through a divorce, there are a number of child custody structures that can be used to shape the family's relationships after the parents' split. In many cases, one parent is considered the custodial parent, especially when they have physical custody of their child most of the time. This can be the case even when the other parent remains actively involved in their child's life and the two work together as co-parents.

3 ways to establish paternity

If a child is born to a married couple, the law typically presumes that the husband is the father of the baby. Of course, this is not always the case, and for unmarried couples, there can also be questions about the paternity of a child. In certain legal situations, it becomes necessary to establish the paternity of a child, and there are several ways to do so.

Tips for co-parenting successfully after divorce

While divorcing can prove tremendously difficult, for some people, adjusting to a new child care arrangement can be even more emotionally taxing. In addition to learning how to live life without your son or daughter in your home all the time, you must also learn how to communicate with your former spouse, and this is sometimes no easy feat.

Dads can get full custody in some circumstances

Once upon a time, North Carolina fathers wanting full or joint custody of their children had little hope unless the mother proved completely unfit as a parent. Evolving societal norms have changed the perception of fathers as co-equal parents, and the judicial system is following suit. The current default position in most jurisdictions does not assume either parent is superior to the other in child custody battles. However, hopeful fathers should definitely take care in presenting their case.

Divorce and the narcissistic coparent

Parents in North Carolina who are divorced from a narcissistic ex-spouse might struggle when co-parenting. A narcissistic parent might use the same "gaslighting" techniques on the children that the ex-spouse remembers from the marriage. This can involve convincing children that their version of reality is incorrect.

Navigating the holidays after a separation or divorce

When in the midst of a divorce or separation, the manner in which couples navigate the holidays may have a long-lasting effect on both the resolution of future issues and the wellness of the children. North Carolina couples who have recently begun their legal processes may want to remain aware that a first holiday season celebrated in separate households is likely a prelude to the many special times ahead during which a parent might be required to share the children with an ex-spouse.

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