No one wants to go through a divorce, but if the time has come, it's best to handle it with grace and dignity. Your children watch and see what you and your spouse do during this difficult time in your life. They could become stressed and uncertain, or they can become empowered by how their parents work together even though they're no longer happy living together.
In the last few decades, spring break has become an industry unto itself. Many people book the next year's spring break trip just as soon as they return from this year's. That helps ensure that there are rooms available for lodging. Travel arrangements are often made a little closer to the actual date of the trip, but chances are, you already have your plans set in stone when the New Year rolls around. Unfortunately, if you've filed for divorce between last year's spring break and now, there could be child custody issues that will impact the perfect spring break trip you have planned.
For many couples who are looking at divorcing, custody of any marital children is likely to be a major issue. In most cases, the issue is because both parents love their children and want to be a part of their daily lives. Weekend and rotating holiday visitation may simply not seem like enough.
Life with a toddler is a whirlwind, and even more so after a divorce. As you're working on your parenting plan and custody agreement, make sure you stop to consider the unique challenges of life with your young child. The plan should be crafted to address them and make life easier all around - for you, your toddler, and your ex. Below are a few things to consider including:
Now that recreational marijuana usage has been legalized - at least on the state level - all up and down the West Coast, if you are a parent who likes to indulge, you may feel this has given you the green light. But if you are going through a divorce or a contested custody battle, you might want to wait before sparking one up.
As the holidays approach, your stress may be increasing due to an uptick in activities, including parties, shopping and family dinners. As a single parent, this can be even more overwhelming. One way to reduce stress during the holidays is to have an effective parenting plan in place.