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Creating a custody plan that is age-appropriate

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.

Tips for co-parenting and helping children adjust to divorce

For divorced parents in North Carolina, communication, consistency and understanding their children's needs at different ages can be keys to success. It is helpful for children if they can see that their parents are working toward their best interests. Parents may want to talk about how they can make the parenting time schedule run smoothly. This may include a plan for dropoffs and pickups.

Tips for dealing with a toxic ex-spouse while co-parenting

Successful co-parenting involves putting the children first. Unfortunately, some North Carolina parents are dealing with a difficult ex-spouse. While co-parenting with a toxic ex-spouse can be frustrating, there are steps individuals can take to make the best of the situation.

Challenges for long-distance parenting after divorce

Moving away from their children can be hard for divorced parents in North Carolina who may worry about how it will affect their relationship. Although they may not see their children in person as often as they would like, long-distance parents can still maintain a strong bond with their children and stay involved in their lives.

Establishing a positive coparenting relationship

After a divorce, former spouses in North Carolina might have trouble raising their children together. While coparenting can be complicated, there are ways exes can work together and ease the tensions. It's wise to establish a positive coparenting relationship for the good of the children.

Study finds fathers favored in some custody cases

Some mothers in North Carolina might not get custody of their children even if they allege that the other parent is abusing the children. This was one of the findings of a professor at George Washington University Law School. She examined over 2,000 child custody cases in which domestic violence, child abuse and parental alienation were factors and found that courts never affirmed a mother's claim of child abuse if they agreed that the father was facing parental alienation.

Children need to feel safe with both parents

Parents in North Carolina are given custody or visitation rights only if it is in the best interest of the children to do so. If there are concerns about a child's safety while with a parent, that person may lose custody or other rights. In some cases, parents may be restricted to supervised visitation after being accused of emotionally or physically abusing a child. Parents who believe that their children are in danger should collect evidence to back their assertions.

The plus side of raising a child together after splitting up

One of the biggest concerns of divorced parents in North Carolina is how to continue providing their children with a positive parenting experience even after the split. While breaking up and divorcing is a very emotionally tense period that affects both parents and kids, choosing to positively co-parent after splitting up has benefits for both children and parents.

The importance of active non-custodial parents

There are many different child custody arrangements that can work for North Carolina families after the parents decide to divorce or separate. While many years ago, joint physical custody was unusual, it is now favored by many family courts as an ideal solution absent an environment of neglect or abuse. However, for others, one parent having primary physical custody may be the better solution, even when both parents are actively involved in their children's lives. For example, some parents may struggle with physical custody if they regularly have to travel on business trips, face deployment, or work odd hours or lengthy shifts.

Joint custody often produces better outcomes for children

Divorcing parents in North Carolina want what's best for their children. When it comes to child custody, many couples have questions about the arrangements for their kids. While mothers are often awarded full custody, there is a lot of evidence to support the fact that dads are just as important as moms.

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