One of the most complex and often controversial parts of child custody is determining what to do with toddlers as their parents split up. It can be easier with younger children, who have no opinions, or with older children, who can make their opinions and desires known. But how do you address toddlers?
Married parents or single parents with sole custody can move whenever they want. For those who share custody, such as after a divorce, there is a further requirement. They may need to ask the court for permission to move.
After you get divorced, your child is still going to hit all sorts of milestones. They're going to have birthdays, graduations, enjoy the holidays, get a diver's license and much more. You and your ex need to figure out how you're going to handle these events and milestones.
When getting divorced and deciding what to do about child custody, most parents naturally think about what they would like the custody arrangement to be. But how much say does your child actually have? After all, you're discussing where they are going to live. Do they get to make that choice on their own?
If you've put a lot of time and effort into your family's happiness, it can feel like a cruel twist of fate if a divorce or similar event pits your desires against those of a former partner or spouse. A lot of touchstones in American society point to harsh and lengthy battles over child care and homeownership, but that is not the way it has to be.
It is a fundamental part of parenthood for mother and fathers alike that they do not want to be separated from their children. Even parents who must be isolated from their kids in hospitals and similar places feel an itch that doesn't go away until they can be with their family again.
While many child custody cases and other results of divorce or separation are on hold, plaintiffs and defendants are taking some extra time to prepare their cases. For one thing, smart plaintiffs and defendants going into a child custody case should know what those terms mean.
The current coronavirus pandemic has changed our everyday lives at a fundamental level. We shop differently. We socialize differently. We do our best to reduce contact with those who are not in our households to help fight against the spread of this dangerous virus.
Children are our only hopes for the future, especially if we are parents. Many mothers and fathers have felt that they are willing to give their lives for their kids, although fortunately few have ever had to prove it. This sort of dedication often comes in helpful if parents are fighting for child custody or visitation rights.
Parents in North Carolina who decide to divorce may have to rapidly change their relationship with one another. It can be challenging to adapt to co-parenting for any divorcing couple, even those who have a relatively amicable understanding with their former partners. Co-parenting can require a great deal of patience and communication, but a solid parenting plan can help get things started in a positive direction. The approach to child custody and schedules can vary depending on how old the children were when the divorce took place, and the parenting plan can take that into account and plan for changes later.