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For many Orange County, California, residents, "New Year's Day" is traditionally the day for new beginnings. For couples contemplating a new life without their spouse, the start of their new beginning is the day they start divorce proceedings. In fact, New Year's Day is also the beginning of the divorce season and if a spouse filed divorce papers that day, the divorce will likely be finalized by the end of a summer. This can be bad timing for divorcing parents because it means that any children involved will deal with many adjustments as a new school year starts.

A child's transition during the divorce can be made easier with a plan. As the child prepares to go back to school, both parents can prepare their plan for handling child custody issues and school activities. Although it may take a long time for a child to adjust to divorce, it will be a smoother transition if both parents are committed to the arrangement. For example, both parents should stick with the custody plan and organize how each parent will spend time with the child, either during week days or weekends.

Good communication is the key to successfully handling any child custody arrangement. Although parents may find it hard to communicate with each other after divorce, they should try their best to talk to facilitate the well-being of their child. How ex-spouses adjust to their roles as co-parents is a vital factor in success of the child's transition. Parents should maintain a unified front for the benefit of the child.

Dealing with back to school preparation and significant life changes can be complicated for a child. However, if both parents are committed to do their best in lessening the conflicts, the adjustment of a child to divorce can be easily achieved.

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Back to School Strategies for Divorced or Divorcing Parents," Cheryl and Joe Dillon, Aug. 11, 2014

Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Back to School Strategies for Divorced or Divorcing Parents," Cheryl and Joe Dillon, Aug. 11, 2014

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