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Summer plans are best made early

Thinking about your summer plans is fun. For some parents, however, the realization that the kids will be out of school might cut that fun moment a bit short. If your children will be spending time with you this summer, you should take the time to line up child care now. There are a few different ways that you can handle this.

How does the family court interpret children's best interests?

You might know some formerly married couples in California who have found themselves in child custody disputes. In some cases, each parent tries frequently to convince the children that he or she is desirable over the other parent. Some do this by trying to buy their children's love. The parents may think that all they have to do to be number one in their kids' eyes is to take them to Disney World once a year and buy them whatever the latest, greatest gadget on the market happens to be.

Rules for joint events with the kids should be set

There are many different aspects of child custody that might come throughout the course of your child's life. One of these is going to be how to handle joint events like birthdays or school concerts. This can be difficult to think about, but parents should remember that children usually want both of their parents at these events. We know that there have to be guidelines set in the parenting plan to help make these events possible.

What you should know about supervised visitation

If you're divorcing a co-parent with a substance abuse issue, you're likely concerned about how to balance your children's safety with the need for them to maintain a relationship with that parent. Even if you'd prefer that your kids not be around your co-parent, the court likely will mandate some type of visitation plan.

Divorce can cause toxic stress in children

If you're like many Californians, you probably didn't know that as of last month the state has its first surgeon general. We're one of just four states with someone in this position. Our new surgeon general is a San Francisco-based pediatrician named Nadine Burke Harris. The mother of four sons has already announced that her top priority is diagnosing and treating toxic stress in children.

What's the best way to tell kids about divorce?

Like most parents who decide to divorce, you and your spouse likely made your decision without first informing your children of your plans. That's understandable since your marriage is a personal, adult matter between the two of you. Perhaps, like many parents, you're worried about how your children will take the news and how the situation is going to affect their lives.

Don't forget to make summer plans for your children early

With the summer months not too far ahead, you need to start thinking about vacations and school breaks. If you have children with your ex, making plans for these warmer months might be a challenge. Parents who don't have a child custody agreement will have to try to work out the terms for the summer. This might prove to be a challenge, but we are here to help you.

Parenting plan terms must be set based on the child's needs

Even though you and your ex are the ones who are divorcing, that decision has a big impact on your children. Everything that they've known is changing and they might not be sure how to handle that. When you decide to divorce, you and your ex should sit down with the kids and explain the situation. You don't have to get into why you are divorcing but you should reassure them that they aren't the cause. We know this might be an ongoing struggle, but the kids should be able to continue to enjoy life.

Create a new parenting relationship with your ex

Many decisions come into the picture when you are coming up with a parenting plan. One that might be overlooked is how the two homes will come together to provide stability for your children. This doesn't mean that you have to do everything the same way as your ex. Instead, the focus should be on helping the children with the transition from one home to another.

Start thinking about vacation plans to avoid a last-minute rush

Even though it is still wintertime, now is the best time for parents to think about what they are going to do this summer with the children. If you have a child custody agreement, making plans as early as possible can help ensure that there aren't any conflicts with the schedule. Before you do this, make sure that you take a look at the parenting plan to determine what stipulations are present for vacations.