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Plan for times when parenting styles collide

When you and your ex can't agree on how to raise the kids, there is a chance that disagreements are on the horizon. These can be difficult for you to deal with and they can devastate the children. If you are worried that you and your ex will have clashes of this sort, make sure that you keep these tips in mind.

When one parent wants to move away with a child

Working out a custody that is best for your child may not always mean choosing what feels the most fair to each parent. This is especially true when a parent with primary custody wants or needs to move away. For many parents, custody is an ongoing battle that continues well after a divorce finalizes. For the sake of your child, it is important to consider what living situation truly makes the best life for them.

Courts use online messaging services to prevent messenger kids

When you divorce your child's other parent, you can't stop dealing with the other parent just because of the divorce. Instead, you and your ex have to figure out how to communicate in a manner that doesn't make them uncomfortable or responsible for relaying messages.

Can I appeal a child custody order?

When the dust settles after your divorce, it is very likely that some aspects of the divorce settlement or court order governing your responsibilities and privileges toward your child will be difficult to accept. In many cases, parents simply adjust their expectations and lifestyles to comply with the order and learn to live with it. Is it possible to appeal a custody order? Yes, it is possible.

Custody issues for unwed parents

In California, when a child is born to two individuals who are not married, custody issues may require some specific attention. Many circumstances involving unwed parents who do not remain together as a couple result in the birth mother receiving custody of the child, but there do remain some variables to address.

Child custody matters are best handled away from your child

Child custody matters are sensitive issues that can have a big impact on the children involved. We recently discussed why it is important to keep the focus on your children and not the divorce when the kids have something special going on. This is actually good advice every single day of the year.

Don't make your child's special day about your divorce

When parents divorce, there is always the temptation to fight with each other over parenting time and the rights and privileges each parent has toward the children. While it is usually heartbreaking from the outside looking in, many parents seem to believe that visitation schedules or lifestyle practices actually are the hills on which they want to make their last stand. Unfortunately, when parents choose to create conflict over parenting, it is the children who suffer the most.

What factors determine a child's best interests?

When it comes to creating a fair, child-centered parenting plan for the custody of your child, it is easy to get distracted by your desires as a parent and lose sight of what is truly best for your child. This is a normal experience that many parents face when trying to arrive at a fair custody arrangement. When you begin to feel your focus slipping, it can be helpful to consider the various factors a court looks at to determine a child's best interests.

What do I do if I fear the other parent may kidnap my child?

Sharing custody with a child's is always difficult, but for some parents, it feels downright dangerous, because they fear that their former spouse may kidnap the child. If you feel this way, you are not alone — thousands of parents live with this fear every day. Although most parents who fear parental kidnapping never see that come to fruition, it is always wise to take precautions just in case. The more prepared you are for this possibility, the more you do to prevent it or respond quickly if the child's other parent ever does resort to kidnapping.